Tribal / Green

TREATY Total Immersion School
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota

This 108,000 square foot facility was designed to incorporate sustainable technologies and green building systems. utilizing rammed earth construction, greywater systems, solar heating and natural ventilation. The structure also has very strong cultural significance, which was inspired by the buffalo as a sacred being to the Lakota Sioux people. Project components include administrative offices, food service and commercial kitchen facilities with culinary arts facilities, an equestrian arts facility, vocational classrooms with wood and metal shops, an environmental design academy focused on recycling of found objects, geothermal heating, wind energy as well as solar energy and earth-integrated technologies, a tropical greenhouse in a natural setting for cultivation of edibles along with farming of the tasty fish tilapia, math and science classrooms, athletic facilities with swimming pool and gymnasium, performing arts facilities, and art gallery for student work a library. Our tipi prototype will house faculty and staff. The circular arrangement of the project components represents the Path of Life as interpreted in the Lakota culture. The tensile roof structure represents the shoulder of the buffalo from which all life comes to the Lakota, while the ceremonial platform atop the roof represents the sacred eagle perched on the buffalo shoulder, representing the connection between spirituality and all life. Fundraising for this project is underway.

TREATY Total Immersion SchoolPine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota

TREATY Total Immersion School
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota

The view at night features the vaulted Library, the Foyer, and the tensile roof with ceremonial platform and banners above.

TREATY Total Immersion SchoolPine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota

Port Gamble-S'Klallam Housing Authority
Kingston, Washington

8,000 square foot administration building for the Tribal Housing Authority on the Olympic Peninsula, with sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north.

Port Gamble-S'Klallam Housing AuthorityKingston, Washington

Lakota Youth Center for Healing Addictions
Porcupine, South Dakota

24,000 square foot youth treatment center, designed for the late Russell Means, the world-renowned Oglala Lakota Sioux Activist and Founder of the American Indian Movement, and Screen Actors Guild actor in "Last of the Mohicans." The earth-integrated facility will house 32 residents, and is expected to receive LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council.

Lakota Youth Center for Healing AddictionsPorcupine, South Dakota

The Point Structures Prototype
Porcupine, South Dakota

Mr. Ehm designed this structure -- the world's first and only modern, modular tipi built from composite panels -- in association with the late American Indian Movement co-founder Russell Means. The 3,600 square-foot, three-story structure with basement is being used as the first classroom building at the TREATY Total Immersion School site.

The Point Structures PrototypePorcupine, South Dakota

D’Evolve Community Development
New Orleans, Louisiana

Our entry in the Global Green Competition for New Orleans was focused on utilization of Randal Ehm’s fiberglass housing unit. The initial product, which is in the form of an Indian tipi, was developed for Russell Means. Mr. Means co-founded the American Indian Movement in the 1970’s. This proposal suggests incorporation of buoyant hulls into the design of the homes, so that in a flood the homes would not flood and could be retrieved if dislodged from their anchorages. In this design scheme, modular tipis serve as the single-family residential component. The apartment and community center structures are designed utilizing the existing tipi forms as building corners, with new straight panels designed to create the larger building enclosures. This entry is being exhibited in New Orleans, New York and Washington DC as part of Global Green’s public awareness campaign on sustainable design and green building principles. The tipi project is currently in the patenting process, with the prototype nearing completion on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

D’Evolve Community DevelopmentNew Orleans, Louisiana

D'Evolve Tipi Community

Removable patio covers serve as decks for the second-floor bedrooms. Modular deck sections can be easily disassembled and stored below the lower deck prior to major storms and hurricanes.

D'Evolve Tipi Community

Fetko Residence
Poway, California

For this replacement of a home lost in the Witch Creek Fire, , we incorporated passive and active solar systems, greywater systems, rainwater catchment, natural ventilation, daylighting and green roof systems. We have also incorporated three used shipping containers in the design, which save money and replace the use of forest products with reuse of three otherwise worthless shipping containers.

Fetko ResidencePoway, California

Cook Residence
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

This 2,300 square foot custom home utilizes 12 used shipping containers, significantly reducing its use of natural resources. The speculative home is being built on a lot along Granada Golf Course. Project features included an underground bunker, recording studio, outdoor kitchen, second-floor master suite, detached guest suite and a lap pool with water and fire features.

Cook ResidenceHot Springs Village, Arkansas