Past Community Build projects have tackled student basic needs, food insecurity, urban agriculture and urban ecology by taking on local non-profits as clients and fabricating badly needed infrastructure for communities that do not otherwise have access to design and build services.
This summer, embARC students will work with the Oakland branch of Rebuilding Together, an organization that works to strengthen the lives of our most vulnerable communities by providing seniors, people with disabilities, and other low-income homeowners with critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades.
With Rebuilding Together providing broader socio-economic context for the Bay Area's homelessness and affordable housing crisis, students will work together with an experienced Build Leader and support from CED's reknowned Fabrication Shop to fabricate a project for the benefit of Operation Dignity, a non-profit that houses and serves the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness in Alameda County, including veterans and people living in encampments.
Watch the project as it develops on embARC's facebook page.
The embARC program is still accepting applications from rising high school juniors and seniors through May 15. embARC is a four week summer design program that brings together high school students from diverse backgrounds to explore architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning through integrated components: an Architecture + Urban Design Studio, a Sustainable City Planning Workshop, a Digital Design Workshop, an Environmental Design Conversation Series and a Community Build project. Applications to the program can be submitted to cedberkeley.slideroom.com.