The Living Lab 1702 project began in Spring 2009 as an interdisciplinary studio course focused on various aspects of sustainability. The goal was to challenge the students’ understanding of sustainable design in order to allow them to articulate a progressive vision for a new approach to dorm life.
One year later, in August 2010, these visions have come to life in room 1702 of Willoughby Hall as a fully articulated, sustainably designed space. The suite includes a kitchen, bathroom, and living area renovated using the core tenets of sustainable design: reinvent, reuse, recycle, and reduce. The materials selected are environmentally friendly and locally sourced. Some highlighted features include energy control systems, low-VOC paints, resurfaced cabinets, and new furniture designs built from existing dorm furniture.”