New Exhibit: “Designing for People and Place”

The CU Heritage Center has teamed up with the CU-Boulder CAP Environmental Design program for a new exhibit, Designing for People and Place: Sustainable & Affordable Housing for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, opening Monday, April 23.

Through the Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative (NASHI), an interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty and students is seeking to improve housing conditions on tribal lands through research, education and outreach activities. This initiative establishes an ongoing academic service-learning program between the CU environmental design program and the construction technology program at Oglala Lakota College in Rapid City, South Dakota.


The CU Heritage Center exhibit focuses on addressing the need for healthy, sustainable and affordable housing for the Oglala Sioux Tribe. This includes the program’s studies and plans for straw bale construction using sustainable and durable materials for energy efficient homes capturing solar, wind and geothermal energy.

The exhibit will be updated later this year to include the program’s progress during the 2012 summer season. Visit the CU Heritage Center and track the NASHI’s design and construction of sustainable, affordable, culturally inclusive and regionally appropriate housing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

CU Heritage Center
Third floor of Old Main
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the
Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative contact
Rob Pyatt, instructor and research associate at
or 303-803-6810.


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