I'm commenting on the Rural Studio story. This was the only public comment link on that page.
I watched some of the videos. Yes, this school is doing great things to build homes for people, and to try to make them beautiful and ecologically sound. But in one of the videos, the narrator says that some feedback from the community was that their buildings, with the aluminum siding, look ugly and temporary. Then she says that their response was to build a two-story "loft", which is another contemporary architectural style not necessarily in harmony with the residents' needs or preferences. In fact it was noted that it would be dangerous for some. Was this an indication of the general attitude? In that case, they need to do more to elicit and listen to the intended beneficiaries and their community.
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