Students build their own structures in Cal Poly’s Design Village competition

Hundreds of students from Cal Poly and other colleges are competing in an architecture design and build competition this weekend.

On Friday, students participating in the Design Village competition trekked across campus to Poly Canyon while hauling their building materials — a hike of about two miles uphill.

They must build their original structures and then sleep there for two nights.

The competition pits first, second and third year architecture students against each other. They had three weeks to prepare.

“I think from this project, I can take away that I’m capable of building something on this scale. Like the fact that we had to improvise with a lot of things like on the road and it’s like when you plan something, it doesn’t always go to your plans so you learn to improvise and think quickly,” said first-year architecture student Jayden Phan.

On Saturday, the Design Village will be open to the public from 2 p.m. until sunset. Shuttles will depart from a stop at Village Dr. and North Perimeter Rd. to the site on Poly Canyon Rd. until 6 p.m., but people can also walk or bike.

Judging will take place throughout the day on Saturday and an awards ceremony will take place at 7 p.m.

Students will demolish the structures on Sunday.

This is the first time in a few years that the contest has been held in person due to the pandemic.

For more information on the program, Click here.

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