Native American Housing Initiative (NASHI)
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    Throughout the state of South Dakota there is a growing need for sustainable and affordable housing on native reservations. Amongst these reserv… Read More
    Throughout the state of South Dakota there is a growing need for sustainable and affordable housing on native reservations. Amongst these reservations lies the Pine Ridge community. This tribal nation has the direst need for adequate housing to facilitate for the growing Oglala Lakota College. The overall design objective of The Native American Housing Initiative (NASHI) is to provide a future case study for design of sustainable, affordable, culturally inclusive, and regionally appropriate housing. Each of the four residences is entirely Net-Zero and energy proficient. Each residence is built with walls constructed of Straw Bales and Compressed Earth. Using passive and active forms of producing and conserving energy, this prototype will provide the native nations with a self sufficient home that will correspond with the nations need to generate self sufficient government. Furthermore, this project includes all architectural practices and documents necessary for a full construction of each home. In fact the first of four houses was completed in the fall of 2012. In collaboration with the Oglala Lakota College and the University of Colorado, this design/build project encompasses the beauty within sustainable and humanitarian architecture. This was a team design/build studio for the Environmental Design Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Instructors; Rob Pyatt, Dr. Doreen E. Martinez, Lenny Lone Hill, Dylan Cutler. All contributions to this design/build were designed by students and faculty of University of Colorado and Oglala Lakota College. This is a compilation of work that I, Christopher Ball, created and designed. Read Less
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