Building a Tiny House

Environmental Design Students partner with the Lama Foundation in Questa, New Mexico to assist in the design and construction of a simple and sustainable structure for three season use.

The Lama Foundation Design-Build Project Featured in the Daily Camera

CU-Boulder students design, build hut for New Mexico retreat center

Eleven environmental design students from the University of Colorado are in New Mexico this month building a sustainable, 120-square-foot hut they designed and modeled last semester for a nonprofit retreat center.

Taught by instructor Jade Polizzi, the class has been experiencing the entire construction and design process with help from the Lama Foundation, a spiritual and educational community center outside of Taos, N.M. The center is designed to be a place for all faiths, including Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Native American religions, according to its website.

"The students get to do everything," Polizzi said. "Pour the foundation, build a deck, frame the walls, build the furniture that goes inside."

Read more: Boulder Daily Camera - CU-Boulder students design, build hut for New Mexico retreat center

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