Couer D’alene Tribe | The Gathering Place

This 18-unit multifamily housing project in Plummer, Idaho was constructed using environmentally friendly natural building techniques. These straw bale buildings were designed in collaboration with the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Housing Authority (CDATHA) and tribal members, with initial research and engagement by the University of Idaho’s Bioregional Planning & Community Design Program.

This case study forms part of the Case Studies 2013 project by the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC). These case studies are foundational to SNCC's multi-year effort to research and share the exciting work that tribes are undertaking across the country.

About The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative

The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC) was founded in New Mexico in 2009 to advance the development of culturally and environmentally responsive housing design within American Indian communities.

Through planning, architectural design, technical assistance and research, the collaborative help tribal communities gain self-sufficiency, improve their impacts on the natural world, and develop healthy, green, culturally-appropriate communities.