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Happy #thesisthursday Today #tulanearch features M.Arch | B.A. International Development Thesis: Vital Connections by @anasandoval96
In Honduras, the lack of waste management and the deteriorated school network are pervasive problems throughout the country. Seen as separate issues, solutions to these challenges tend to be completely independent from each other. Existing processes relating to waste are linear and cannot be sustained. Vital Connections proposes a new school typology is to establish a cyclical process for waste management. This exploration argues for an integrated network to develop a more productive response. Specifically, it acknowledges that in a context where resources are limited, unique opportunities can be found in incorporating waste management into the school environment.
The architectural elements of the project include three main programmatic components: a recycling drop-off center, a garden, and a school. The spatial organization of these components is dictated by the flow of waste through the site.
The school infrastructure, through its spatial organization, becomes a metabolic system to process waste. Integrated into a curriculum focused on environmental stewardship, organic waste is composted on site. This compost is in turn used in the school’s edible school garden, thus establishing a physical link in which waste becomes a resource and educational opportunity.
The project uses locally sourced materials, earth, stone, and bamboo, to reduce its ecological footprint. It also uses strategies in plan and section to create visual and physical connections between waste and education while maintaining the necessary separation between public and private spaces.
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