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CALLING ALL INTERESTED BUILD LIGHTLY STUDENTS: what are you doing July 14th through July 28th?
Where:  Turrialba, Costa Rica
When:   Sunday, July 14, 2013 - Monday, July 29, 2013

Register Now: we are taking between six to ten participants in open registration for Build Lightly Costa Rica. Students from all Universities, young architects, intern architects, and volunteers are encouraged to apply. If you are interested in joining us for the Costa Rica summer workshop, email your full name, university or program name, and your current year in school to info{at}buildlightly.com to receive an application form. The Costa Rica Design-Build Studio will be an intense two weeks of living, designing, and building together. Summer 2013 design-build Studio takes place in Costa Rica, read more below if you want to get in on the fun:


  Instructor: Miriam Gee, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Build Lightly co-founder
  Guest Instructors: TBD.
  Location: Turrialba, Cost Rica, Central America
  Client: Finca Antigua – organic coffee farm
  Project: Sustainability/Organic Learning Center and Casa, $8k budget
  Site: San Juan Sur, hilltop location w/panoramic views
  Language: Spanish is recommended, but NOT required. Course will be taught in English.

Build Lightly meets Pura Vida: Study abroad in Costa Rica! Costa Rica is the ecological oasis of Central America with its comfortable lifestyle, peaceful democracy and overwhelming natural beauty. It is host to numerous indigenous flora and fauna, from howler monkeys to toucans. The waves are prime, the beauty is staggering and the sluggish pace seductive. “Eternal spring” temperatures and microclimates of Turrialba contrast with heavy rains, or “aguacero.” Turrialba is a walkable town of 70,000 and is accessible by bus, about an hour from the Capital. It is known for world-class white water rapids, an active volcano, and agriculture. Students will be hosted by local families and immersed in the culture with optional Spanish classes available. Weekdays will be spent on site as the student team designs and builds collaborates with our instructors, volunteers, and the client to create a fully-realized structure. Educational trips or outdoor adventures may be scheduled on weekends.


Meet our client: Jorge Avendaño of Finca Antigua, one of the few organic coffee farmers in Turrialba, Costa Rica:

Finalized dates for the course are July 14th – July 28th, 2013. The total of the Costa Rica Summer Workshop will be US$1,400 per participant. A US$600 deposit is required to secure your spot as part of the application. Costs cover fourteen days of housing, laundry, food, ground transportation, construction materials, equipment and workshop instruction. Applications are due April 12th, 2013.

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