Instructor: Jade Polizzi
CU Environmental Design Praxis Students are partnering with the Lama Foundation near Taos, New Mexico to assist in the design of simple and sustainable shelter to be used by Summer and Fall retreatees to the Foundation. The semester’s studio began with an in-depth research analysis and a visit to the site and surrounding area. During this visit students were able to observe New Mexican culture and influences in person. Photos on display are based on this first class trip, which occurred February 1-3, 2013.
The first historical observation was the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, an Inn and Art Center where artists from the Southwest have used for inspiration for over 80 years. The site visit allowed the class to experience the architecture of Taos from the perspective of an Artist.
The visit to the Earthship Biotecture world headquarters explained the science and technology behind Mike Reynolds sustainable structures. Earthship buildings are constructed from tires, bottles, cans and packed earth. Each of the structures is self sufficient with indoor gardens, water treatment systems, natural cooling and heating and photovoltaic electrical systems.
Taos Pueblo, the largest continuously occupied community in North America, dating back over 1,000 years ago. This UNESCO world heritage site is an example of simple and effective living in the New Mexican desert. The adobe buildings to this day have neither electricity nor running water. The structures were originally built for protection with entrances to the residences accessed from ladders leading to openings in the roof.
The Lama Foundation is a 45-year-old community and educational retreat center. Residents and visitors live in harmony with the land with the mission of awakening consciousness, spiritual practice and respect for all traditions. After the 1996 fire, which destroyed much of the existing structures on the property a shift was made to the current focus based on natural building and permaculture.
Over the summer, one project designed during the spring semester will be built at the foundation. The goal for the project is to integrate sustainable materials into a structure while educating students about construction methods and building techniques. For more information please contact Instructor Jade Polizzi at email@example.com.
faculty. jade polizzi student. jim kadlecek
pdf: butterfly hut
faculty. jade polizzi student. kaitlin gilland
pdf: a welcome reprieve
faculty. jade polizzi student. kyle plantico
pdf: the lantern
faculty. jade polizzi student. marissa finney
pdf: new levels of the "a"