RE_ Programming

Carnegie Mellon University

College/University: Carnegie Mellon University
Student Organization: Urban Design Build Studio
Project Name: RE_Programming

RE_Programming is an initiative by the Carnegie Mellon Urban Design Build Studio and PROJECT RE_ to provide educational programs for youth and adults in challenged communities of Western Pennsylvania. Lesson plans developed and taught by UDBS students will be focused on low-tech skills based in traditional hand crafts and high-tech skills using digital fabrication technologies.

Ford C3 funding will be used to support pilot lesson plan development and the first round of outreach classes. Classes developed using this funding will continue beyond Summer 2017 to reach more community residents.

The UDBS is a collaboration of students, professors, and allied professionals who work with community residents to implement appropriate, affordable and replicable design solutions. PROJECT RE_ combines the UDBS, the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, and Construction Junction. Its mission: reuse materials to facilitate landfill diversion; rebuild communities by strengthening capacity of local residents; and restore lives by teaching trade skills to help people secure a living wage. Formerly known as UDBS C3, the PROJECT RE_ facility was completed with help from a 2012 Ford C3 Grant, and includes a woodshop, metal shop, and RE_FAB Mobile Fabrication Lab. The facility is currently used for job training and community-based architectural projects. RE_Programming will expand PROJECT RE_’s capacity and help address major community issues.