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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

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Peralta Trustee Paulina Gonzalez Brito addresses the crowd at Berkeley City College’s 50th anniversary celebration. The event featured a block party along with a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new Milvia Street building. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)
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College throws block party and breaks ground on new building
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The humble Grammy-winning pianist leading CoA’s music program
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • March 4, 2024
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    BUILDING THE FUTURE

    Award-winning Laney Carpentry Department receives $80k grant for housing initiative

    Nicasio NakmineThe Laney College Carpentry Department won an $80,000 grant from the city of Oakland to build two Tiny House prototypes, with an eye to future mass production. 
    routerTiny Houses aim to solve homelessness through miniature housing. Matt Wolpe will head this project, along with Marisha Farnsworth. Wolpe is the part-time carpentry instructor who led a team of Laney students last year as it built an award-winning Tiny House called the Wedge. 
    While the Wedge required four semesters to build, Wolpe and Farnsworth plan to build these prototypes in two semesters. Farnsworth is an architect who teaches digital design. The new Tiny House prototypes will be built by Farnsworth’s Digital Fabrication class in the FabLab and Wolpe’s Carpentry class.
    Farnsworth and Wolpe are now working out the designs for the two prototypes. The new Tiny Houses will be slightly smaller than the Wedge. One will have a kitchen; the other will be a simple studio with a bathroom. 
    Students will use advanced manufacturing techniques, using the CNC (computer numerical control) router and the 3-D printer in the Fab Lab. 
    While the Wedge was built with more conventional techniques, using stick framing, the new models will be made of four by eight foot panels. 
    “Like an ice cream sandwich,” says Wolpe. “Wall framing, insulation, and siding; everything’s already in that sandwich, and you plug it in.
    “It’s an experiment for us,” he says. “The cool thing is the partnership with the city, to help solve some issues of homelessness.”
    CNC cutter
    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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