Past Program

Costa Rica: Building Community, Design-Build Studio in Costa Rica

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
When
Winter 2009

Course Dates: Jan 5, 2009 — Feb 13, 2009

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
6
Department
  • Architecture
Course Numbers
  • ARCH W202 06
Cost
$2200

Program Details

This course will travel to the village of Puerto Viejo, in Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, to do a design-build project for the local community. Students will experiment with bamboo and other natural materials such as palm leaf and local woods, and will have the opportunity to study and understand the benefits of local building traditions (humid tropics) that rely exclusively on a full integration with the natural environment. The studio will also benefit from the area's extraordinary biodiversity and natural life that extends into everyday support systems such as natural medicine and sustainable thinking. In Puerto Viejo, students will identify project opportunities that will improve everyday conditions and make a difference in people’s lives. The course will have a supply of bamboo and the possibility of using other construction materials. There will be additional field trips around the area.

Wintersession Travel Courses are open to all RISD + Brown University students. To apply for a Wintersession Travel Course, you must:

  • attend an infosession with faculty (general or course-specific)
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application (Note: Students seeking exception to this academic policy should contact the Registrar at registrar@risd.edu with any questions.)
  • be in good standing in terms of conduct and finances
  • First year students must provide approval from the Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies as part of their applications.
  • Brown University students are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to RISD students.

Per Student Financial Service requirements, students who plan to travel on school-sponsored trips must first pay their student account in full. Students with an account balance are ineligible for travel and may forfeit any funds already used to book travel arrangements. Contact Student Financial Services at sfs@risd.edu with any questions.

Co-Requisite Courses

The course fulfills the 6-credit design studio requirements for transfer students in the Department of Architecture, and also offers the option of a 6-credit elective for other departments with instructors’ permission. Open to Sophomore and above. ARCH majors only.

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