Past Program

Costa Rica: Design/Build Travel Studio

EARTH University, based in Guacimo, close to Costa Rica‘s Caribbean coast, is at the forefront of identifying, testing, and sharing techniques for sustainable agriculture and community development in the tropics.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • San José, Costa Rica
When
Winter 2012

Course Dates: Jan 3, 2012 — Feb 8, 2013

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
6
Department
  • Landscape Architecture
Course Numbers
  • LDAR-W202
Cost
$1917

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, all meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Full Course Description

EARTH University, based in Guacimo, close to Costa Rica‘s Caribbean coast, is at the forefront of identifying, testing, and sharing techniques for sustainable agriculture and community development in the tropics. Since 2007, RISD and EARTH University have partnered to engage in design studios focused on many topics at the La Flor campus in Liberia, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. Last spring‘s studio looked at agricultural waste and its transformation into new materials and products. This Wintersession research area took the topic of waste further: turning human waste into biogas and electricity, transformed the general waste stream into building materials, and integrated these materials and technology into the design and construction of new communities

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