Cal Poly's Design Village Competition Moves to Earth Day

(via Cal Poly News)


College of Architecture and Environmental Design Will Also Offer Numerous Events During Open House Weekend April 13-14

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A temporary city of unique, student-built shelters will spring up in Poly Canyon over Earth Day weekend, hosted by Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

One of the college’s largest and most-anticipated events, the annual Design Village competition draws hundreds of students to participate in Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy as they design, build and inhabit structures in Poly Canyon.

This year’s competition, which is free and open to the public, will be held April 20-22, to coincide with Earth Day. Designed by teams of students from across the country, submissions must be built in 12 hours or less, use off-the-grid electricity, and provide shelter to the team for the weekend.

The entries will be judged on their craftsmanship, sustainability, design excellence, suitability to the theme of “Balance,” and public response. A free shuttle service will be provided to Poly Canyon on Saturday, April 21, from the intersection of Village Drive and Truckee Road starting at 11 a.m., with continuous service every 20 minutes until 5 p.m.

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design will also welcome hundreds of new students, their families and the community to campus April 13-14 during Cal Poly’s Open House weekend. Numerous events are also open to the public during Open House, including student work exhibits, various tours and a lecture.

The Open House events include: 

Friday, April 13
— A Hearst Lecture with Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley, principals at architecture firm Norman Kelley, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Business Building Rotunda (No. 3), Room 213. Norman is a licensed architect and an adjunct assistant professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning. Kelley received the Peter Reyner Banham Fellowship from SUNY Buffalo and the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. He is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture. Learn more about their firm at

Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14
— Student work exhibits will be on display at various times: The Landscape Architecture Department exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in the Dexter Building (No. 34), Room 210; the Architecture Department exhibit will be open from noon to 5 p.m. in the Berg Gallery, Room 105 of the Architecture and Environmental Design Building (No. 5); the Robert Hifumi Odo Memorial Scholarship Display will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the CAED Lobby Gallery (No. 5), Room 212; and the City and Regional Planning Department exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Engineering West Building (No. 21), Room 121A and the CRP Hallway. Additional information is available online at
— CAED ambassadors will display the interactive, intuitive and integrated solar-powered home designed for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday, and 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday. The house is located in the C-7 parking lot, near California Boulevard. Tours depart from the Architecture and Environmental Design Building (No. 5) upper staircourt.
— Digital Fabrication Lab tours will showcase state-of-the-art laser cutting and 3-D digital printing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the mezzanine of the Simpson Strong-Tie Material Demonstration Lab (No. 187).

Saturday, April 14
— Tours of the Architectural Engineering Department and materials testing demonstrations will be held from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 1:45 p.m. in Engineering West (No. 21), Room 122A.
See the online schedule for special tours and times for the Neel Resource Center and the construction management and landscape architecture programs in the Upcoming Events section at
— A CAED/Cal Poly alumni beer and wine garden will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Engineering Plaza, near the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). For tickets, visit

In addition, a reunion for construction management classes of 1987-89 will be held April 12-14, with golfing, wine tasting, a barbecue and more. For more information, call 805-756-1323 or RSVP to a complete listing of CAED events during Open House weekend, visit

For more information about Design Village, visit and


See last year’s video:


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California Polytechnic State University’s Open House is expected to bring in more than 5,000 visitors to the campus and community this weekend.

The event features a full lineup of activities on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, prospective students and their families visit Cal Poly to get acquainted with the campus and its academic programs. The showcase includes a tour of Cal Poly’s architecture Design Village in Poly Canyon, where students design and build structures that they inhabit for the entire weekend. Architecture students worked on the village Thursday in anticipation of the visitors who would be checking out their skills.

The public is welcome to tour the Design Village from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Shuttle rides are available to take visitors to the project site from the architecture building (Building 5) on campus.

For more information on Cal Poly’s Open House, go to or call the Open House office at 756-7576.

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