Collaboration between students, Tribe results in new homes!
- A collaboration between a group of UC Berkeley engineering students and a Northern California Indian tribe culminated Friday in the grand opening of three new environmentally friendly homes designed by students for the tribe.
The project, which began five years ago as part of the design and analysis course for freshmen, Engineering 10, has resulted in the construction of eco-friendly and culturally sensitive housing for the Pinoleville Pomo Nation tribe. The tribe is located in Mendocino County, about 120 miles northwest of Berkeley.
The collaboration began when a chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society approached UC Berkeley mechanical engineering professor Alice Agogino with the tribe�s need for better housing.
The project aimed to combine cutting-edge design principles with the cultural beliefs of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation, which has about 300 members scattered throughout Northern California.
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