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Research and Innovation

Rural Studio $20k House Evolving into Product Line

Image of Dave's house at twilight

The $20K House began in 2005 as an ongoing Rural Studio research project to address the need for affordable housing in Hale County, provide an alternative to the mobile home, and accommodate potential homeowners who are unable to qualify for commercial credit.

MID&C Students Collaborate with Kinesiology on Radiant Barrier Technology

Students build dog houses using Aluminet

The research that Ryan Salvas’ Sustainability for Integrated Project Delivery seminar accomplished this spring will prepare these students for conducting and managing actual, deep qualitative and quantitative research when they graduate and enter the integrated architectural and construction

APLA Involved in Joint Incubator Program

Alabama Innovation Engine Introduction Cover

AL Innovation Engine (Engine, is a new initiative jointly funded by Auburn University and The University of Alabama that is working to create large-scale, positive change and encourage economic development in rural communities throughout Alabama.

Prefab for Humanity

Students installing insulation into prefab forms

According to the Alabama Association of Habitat Affiliates (AAHA) families eligible for Habitat homes spend up to 30 percent of their income on utility

Alabama Innovation Engine: Outreach that Can

Idea generation

Entering its third year of operation, Alabama Innovation Engine is a design-based community development

Extending Land Readjustment Technique to Create Regional Infrastructure - A Case of Ring Road in India

Ring Road in India

Jay Mittal, Assistant Professor of Community Planning, presented his research paper at the 2012 conference based on the case study of a forty-seven mile-long ring road, which was developed using land-readjustment technique.

Landscape Architecture Professors Provide Guidance to Town of Section, Alabama

Faculty and students within the Master of Landscape Architecture Program have completed the development of the long-term visioning process, including a framework for sustainability and zoning ordinances, for the town of Section, Alabama.