The Guanacaste region of Costa Rica experiences a dramatic six months of wet conditions and six months of dry conditions. EARTH University recognizes the need to address and manage this extreme fluctuation of water resources at La Flor. By considering both the abundance and absence of water on site, specific interventions in the form of diversion can redirect water in ways to both hold and move water across the site. These diversions create opportunity to avoid flooding, recharge the aquifer, irrigate crops, increase wildlife habitat, and facilitate recreation.
Describes a closed loop system involving using the waste products of sugarcane to produce cellulosic ethanol to fuel the harvester. Also involves cattle and a biodigester and modifications on the existing harvester to collect the sugarcane waste.
This trip to Earth was extremely important, but not for the reasons I expected. I now know through the visit we are all finding our footing, truly building the foundations for the school to make their initial moves. Without the trip to the campus we would never fully understand the resources on the ground available to Earth to move forward.
This site is being used by design students at the Rhode Island School of Design who are developing a conceptual master plan for the La Flor campus of Earth University in Costa Rica. Their research is the first step in an emerging collaboration between the two schools.
The Innovation Studio, an interdisciplinary studio drawing students from across RISD, is exploring the development of a strategic plan and masterplan for the new campus.
RISD-La Flor Architecture Studio
The La Flor studio is an advanced architecture studio that is developing proposals for a green conference center to be developed on the new campus.
RISD-Models of Development Seminar
The course examines grassroots models of developmentappropriate to the varied conditions of the countries of the Global South. Specific attention is given to issues of foreign aid (both from official agencies and NGOs), technology and technology transfer, as well as the social movements that drive the struggle to find alternative models of development.