DesignBuildBLUFF: Architecture students collaborate with the Navajo nation to create sustainable housing

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Life & Soul Magazine

DesignBuildBLUFF, a University of Utah program, is bringing together architecture students with the Navajo nation to design and build sustainable homes on the Utah-based Navajo reservation.

In preparation for working alongside indigenous tribes to design and build full-scale works of architecture, up to sixteen students study indigenous architecture and Southwestern vernacular during the Autumn semester, as part of the DesignBuildBLUFF program.

DesignBuildBLUFF say: “DesignBuildBLUFF is about giving. Each year we give architecture students the chance to design and build a home on the Navajo reservation. Our students give their hearts creating a sustainable home for a deserving family.

“The families give their trust that the experimental and alternative building methods we employ will result in a home that will improve their lives. And the experience gives us inspired, socially responsible architects for the betterment of the global community.”

By the spring, students move more than 300 miles away from the school of architecture, to…

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