Straw House at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

University of Michigan in Ann Arbor continues its dedication to sustainability and green architecture through the building of a second straw building-the first on main campus in Ann Arbor.

With work being completed mostly by students under the direction of associate professor Joe Trumpey, from the Stamps School of Art and Design, the work has an educational as well as functional purpose.

Their enthusiasm is invigorating as well-“Just knowing you can do things for yourself-I can build my own house after this, you know,” says Kristen Hayden.

The work will be an anchor to the UM farms which provides food for the dining halls and should be an inspiration to those interested in sustainability.

For Morgan Sherburne’s full article, please click here.

Questions for Discussion

  1. Besides the straw, what other features make this a sustainable design?
  2. Where did the materials for this building come from?
  3. What are some of the goals that Joe Trumpey has for this building?
  4. What other products could you use in creating a “sustainable” building?