Past Program

Costa Rica: Design/Build Travel Studio

The Rhode Island School of Design has been engaged, since 2007, in collaborative studios with EHAVC University, the world’s foremost school of sustainable agriculture. The Wintersession 2014 studio will be the culmination of a year of research and design study on the development of a prototype classroom – off the grid, hi-tech/low-tech – for rural schools in the dry tropical region of Costa Rica.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • La Flor, Costa Rica
When
Winter 2014

Course Dates: Jan 6, 2014 — Feb 7, 2014

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
6
Department
  • Landscape Architecture
Course Numbers
  • LDAR-W202
Cost
$3055

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

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Full Course Description

The Rhode Island School of Design has been engaged, since 2007, in collaborative studios with EHAVC University, the world’s foremost school of sustainable agriculture. The Wintersession 2014 studio will be the culmination of a year of research and design study on the development of a prototype classroom – off the grid, hi-tech/low-tech – for rural schools in the dry tropical region of Costa Rica. In the field the students, along with EHAVC University, will finalize a selected design from this Fall’s RISD Innovation Studio. They will build the classroom and its landscape at the La Flor Campus of EHAVC University. Goal - To design and build a classroom prototype that exhibits sustainable building practices in the dry tropics. Design Principles - Use affordable materials and labor for construction Develop methods for utilizing local resources and building practices Implement replicable and understandable construction technology Employ energy efficient and environmentally responsible strategies for locating the building on the site and for controlling the interior environment Ultimately, the classroom, with its inside/outside learning environments, will demonstrate how integrating curriculum, teaching, energy and hi-tech systems, landscape and space will contribute to a transformative learning experience.
Outline Schedule:
½ week gathering in Providence, travel to Costa Rica
4+ weeks working on the Design/Build Project with weekend
excursions investigating sustainability in the dry tropics
½ week return to Providence, summary presentation

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.

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