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
  • La Flor, 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.

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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 will take the topic of waste further: turning human waste into biogas and electricity, transforming the general waste stream into building materials, and integrating these materials and technology into the design and construction of new communities

Program Details

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

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