Working with Local Communities to Design Housing that is Affordable, Climate Appropriate, and Resilient: Newtok, Alaska

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM AKST
Aaron Cooke and Corey DiRutigliano, Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC)



The people of Newtok, Alaska may be North America’s first climate change refugees, as the village rapidly loses ground to the unstoppable Ninglick River. The Bering Sea village is one of many threatened by coastal erosion as sea ice retreats, permafrost melts, and the earth beneath them washes away. Next summer the Cold Climate Housing Research Center will work with Newtok to build a demonstration home that reflects the climate and culture of the Yup'ik Eskimo community. The home uses electrical and water/sewer systems that can operate with or without public utilities and will be built on skis so it can be relocated to the future site. Aaron Cooke and Corey DiRutigliano will talk about working with local communities to design housing that is affordable, climate appropriate, and resilient. 


Contact Aaron here


Also, here is a nice story written by Ned Rozell (UAF) about the same project.  Ned interviewed Aaron for the story.  





Photos courtesy of CCHRC

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