Eastside Refresh

East Palo Alto, California

Desired Services
Interior Design & Brand Integration,Healthy & Sustainable Environments,Facilities Renovation

Project Description

BRUTE LABS and Eastside College Preparatory School seek pro bono interior design services through Public Architecture's 1% program. BRUTE LABS hope to liaise with the potential design firm to create a more welcoming dorm-living environment for the middle school and high school boarding students. We believe that the 1% program is a promising launchpad for engaging designers in what will be a meaningful and well-appreciated project.

Goal: BRUTE LABS and Eastside College Prep hope to "cool-ify the dorms". BRUTE LABS envisions a space that features collaborative furniture, colored paint to break up the space and other inventive ideas to promote a creative aesthetic for learning and living.

Space and layout of the rooms (pictures of space included): Eight hallways with about eight rooms per hallway (two students per dorm room)
Number of students served at the school: 380 students
Number of students served in the dorms: 100 students with the goal to increase capacity through the renovation

Project Partners: Sara and Joshua To serve as Residential Faculty Eastside College Prep and also serve as project leads for BRUTE LABS.

About Eastside College Preparatory:

"At Eastside College Preparatory School we are committed to opening new doors for students historically underrepresented in higher education. Our challenging and engaging curriculum enables students to discover their intellectual strengths, sharpen their academic skills, and embrace new opportunities in a culture of learning that supports the potential of every student to enter and succeed in a four-year college and beyond. Eastside students who are the first in their families to go to college create a ripple effect, changing their own lives, the lives of their families, and the life of their community.

Working in a community with a high school drop-out rate around 70%, Eastside sends 100% of their graduating seniors to prestigious colleges and universities. Beyond that dramatic impact on the lives of their students and families, Eastside serves as a model institution for the entire East Palo Alto community. Eastside is the only high school in the last 30 years in the community of East Palo Alto that has consistently and successfully prepared and sent local students to college."


Since 2008, BRUTE LABS has set out to prove that anyone can do good. We use design and technology to create sustainable social entrepreneurship. Our small, all-volunteer team has launched 11 projects around the world and across a broad spectrum of causes; from cyclone relief in Myanmar, to clean water wells in Ghana, to a bio-diesel project with Stanford. Our open source altruism has also garnered multiple design awards from AIGA and Adobe as well as partnerships with local businesses, the City of San Jose, Google, Nike, Facebook and many more. For more information, please visit: www.brute.is.

February 2014