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EARTH University Design-Build

In January 2013, students from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) set off to EARTH University, in La Flor, Costa Rica, to develop and build a one-room school house / community center that would be replicable in the dry tropics.

The mission was to use materials and techniques familiar to local community members. The team built a model school that would be used as a reference for future establishments in similar climates. The idea behind the schoolhouse model was for it to serve as a school by day and a community/general education and culture center beyond school hours. The original model was constructed on the grounds of EARTH University at La Flor, Costa Rica, where practices of sustainability, organic farming, and solar energy are widely taught. 

 

In January 2014, a second team of students returned to EARTH University to complete the project. 

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EARTH University 

In 2013, a team of architects, urban planners, industrial designers, photographers and sculptors spent four weeks on a university farm campus called EARTH at La Flor designing and building a schoolhouse that would serve as both a classroom for the university and a model of appropriate architecture for the tropical climate. The project was started that month and completed with the next team of designers the following year. The design incorporates local building techniques, 100% sustainably forested local hardwood and the expertise of a talented and diverse team of thinkers and builders. 

The mission was to use materials and techniques familiar to local community members. The team built a model school that would be used as a reference for future establishments in similar climates. The idea behind the schoolhouse model was for it to serve as a school by day and a community/general education and culture center beyond school hours. The original model was constructed on the grounds of EARTH University at La Flor, Costa Rica, where practices of sustainability, organic farming, and solar energy are widely taught. 

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EARTH University