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.

The Green Dorm Room

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.”

The Green Dorm Room 2