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Tour a Low-Cost Cedar House Designed and Built by Yale Students

The Jim Vlock Building Project, an annual tradition at the Yale School of Architecture that finds first-year students collaborating on an experimental, low-cost dwelling, has been a core part of the curriculum since 1967, making it a pioneer college design-build program. And as this year's project in New Haven, Connecticut, proves, it's as relevant as ever. A group of 52 students submitted designs last spring and then collaborated on construction over the summer, banding together to build a 1,000-square-foot, red cedar-clad home topped with a galvanized aluminum roof. While the exterior, with its gabled roof, references vernacular traditions from the region, the interior, with a multi-functional core that opens up the floorplan, offers a newer look at low-cost construction.

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