Help Kickstart A Student-Designed Solution to Costa Rica’s Waste Management Problem

Dean's List, East, International
Friday, November 30, 2012
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Rendering of the new facility. (Courtesy HOLLER architecture / sLAB)

Rendering of the new facility. (Courtesy HOLLER architecture / sLAB)

Architecture students from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) are returning to Nosara, Costa Rica to continue work on a recycling center to help alleviate the region’s overlooked municipal solid waste management problem. Led by architect and professor Tobias Holler of HOLLER architecture, the NYIT team began designing and building the recycling center last summer with the help of a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $20,000 in four weeks. To complete the project, the team has launched another Kickstarter campaign and with just 13 days to go before the campaign ends, $5,130 still needs to be raised.

Construction progress in the fall of 2012. (Courtesy HOLLER architecture / sLAB)

Construction progress in the fall of 2012. (Courtesy HOLLER architecture / sLAB)

The recycling center design was generated by a NYIT student competition. The submissions were posted online and reached 43,000 voters. Winning the competition was a modern design inspired from Costa Rica’s natural materials and local designs. It features a community space and recycled building materials.

Track the project’s progress on its Facebook page and blog.

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