Music and Architecture Connect in Sustainable Housing Initiative.

Via Jeffrey Woodruff
on May 5, 2012
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Dairy Center Show

Growing straw at Pine Ridge and in turn using the crops as building material is part of the educational program developed to meet the growing housing needs of the reservation.

Photographs by Lynn M. Lickteig

Equally important is the exploration by the students into the social and environmental needs of the Pine Ridge residents. Through a partnership with NASHI, the Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative, and Oglala Lakota College are exploring the built environment in South Dakota and analyzing sustainable construction techniques in order to update the housing stock of nearly four thousand structures.

Photography by Lynn M. Lickteig

The first phase of the projects looks at the embodied energy of the materials used, from straw bale to SIPS (structural insulated panels) and compressed earth blocks. Analyzing the fully burdened cost to the environment of the materials sourced and the recurring energy requirements of the different materials deployed is critical to meeting Pine Ridge resident’s current and future housing needs. While sourcing materials locally, in the case of straw bale, is environmental friendly, equally important is energy efficiency, so the project will further analyze the fully burdened energy costs of the homes.

Photography by Lynn M. Lickteig

To assist in funding the project, the University of Colorado and the Native Sustainable Housing Initiative have teamed up with Conscious Alliance. Conscious Alliance is renowned for assisting communities meet their dietary needs through food drives and awareness campaigns at concerts.


Work previously on view at the Dairy Center is now on view at the CU Heritage Center

About Conscious Alliance and NASHI

About Oglala Lakota College

Photography by Lynn M. Lickteig, College of Architecture and Planning
University of Colorado

To volunteer or participate in the CU Boulder Design Build Program:
University of Colorado Boulder
Rob Pyatt, Instructor & Research Associate
Architecture Studies, Boulder ENVD Program, Department of Architecture
[email protected]

Editor: Kate Bartolotta



About Jeffrey Woodruff

Jeffrey is a competitive cross country skier and marathon runner. He has completed sixteen marathons in six countries. Jeffrey recently received his Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver.


2 Responses to “Music and Architecture Connect in Sustainable Housing Initiative.”

  1. Diane says:

    How do I volunteer? Is this not what the world is about?

  2. Jill Barth says:

    I posted this to the elephant green Facebook page and @mindfulgreen on Twitter.

    Thanks for sharing!