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Click on the video links to view two virtual tours of building designs by students in the Spring 2007 Architecture and Interior Design Studio 3 & 4 courses.

The project assignment asked students to work in teams to research and design a 5,000 sq.ft. “Green Living” Education Center to be constructed on the OCC Campus main Quad. So as not to destroy the open space of the quad, the building had to be “earth-sheltered” and primarily underground, with a landscaped roof to preserve the open green space. Students were required to make the building itself as “green” as possible following guidelines set by the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction rating system.

Students drew inspiration by studying both the guiding principles of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Onondaga Nation. The Haudenosaunee are known around the world for their commitment to sustainability and peaceful co-existence: “Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground – the unborn of the future Nation.” Key symbols and ideas from Onondaga culture including the Wampum Belt, Tree of Peace and longhouse are metaphorically incorporated into the interior and exterior building designs by the students.