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3form is proud to be a part of such an amazing program. We donate our time, materials and in-house expertise with the prevailing thought that an already inspiring effort will be that much better.
The name in and of itself is befitting: Design Build Bluff.
Navajo families in real need are selected by the program's staff and University of Utah students. During the design term, students are allotted a budget for materials and design ideation begins in coordination with the selected family. The homes created are not just the hottest modern, sustainable idea conjured up by the students - they are actually customized to the personalities and functions of the people who live within them. And the kicker? The homes are constructed of mostly-donated time and materials.
On our most recent visit to the DesignBuildBLUFF site, students from the University of Colorado, Denver's Architecture program were in the build phase, working on Maxine Begay's home. This is where all the creative ideas and inspiration are tested in reality, and given direction. A lot of hard work is brought to bear as the students have only a single term to finish the home, creating a sense of urgency that drives the focus.
Until you spend a weekend in the city of Bluff, Utah, you may not realize that Bluff is an actual place on the map - not just the signature geographic feature of southern Utah. It was surprising to see the massive distances between each home - we traveled upwards of 45 minutes between homes on twisting dirt roads before even catching a glimpse of the next home on the tour.
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