MEET THE DUMPSTER PROJECT

What does home look like in a world of 10 billion people? How do we equip current and future generations with the tools they need for sustainable living practices? The Dumpster Project is investigating how you can transform an empty box into a happy, healthy home — healthy for you and the environment. The project also hopes to spark interest in the way that fun and forward-thinking innovation can help address the challenges facing both current and future generations as our world becomes increasingly complex.

The Dumpster Project is many things: a re-imagining of home, a portable learning initiative, a sustainability conversation, a creative branch of a wider green campus initiatives at Huston-Tillotson University (HT), a historically black institution located in the heart of East Austin, and, most importantly, an innovative STEM education platform that uses the real-world challenge of transforming a trash dumpster into a tiny sustainable home to inspire learners of all ages.

  • What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
    Henry David Thoreau, American Author
  • He has the most is content with the least.
    Diogenes, Greek Philosopher
  • Our task is to educate our students whole being so they can face the future. We may not see the future, but they will and our job is to help them make something of it.
    Ken Robinson, English educator
  • The test of truth in life is not whether we can remember what we learned in school, but whether we are prepared for change.
    Andreas Schleicher, German Educator
  • In the attempt to make scientific discoveries, every problem is an opportunity — and the more difficult the problem, the greater will be the importance of its solution.
    Edward O. Wilson, American Biologist
  • Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
    Dr. Seuss, American Author

More About The Dumpster

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The Dumpster

Posted in - FrontPage
on June 4th, 2013 13 Comments

Come on in and make yourself comfortable in our fully furnished 33 square foot house. Did we mention it’s a dumpster? While the project could have been centered around a large cargo container or a tiny …

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Many Directions

Education

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on June 3rd, 2013 5 Comments

The Dumpster Project invites learners of all ages to rethink sustainability through the quirky task of turning a dumpster into a home. As we investigate the impacts of modern life, we will learn how a …

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Design Experiment

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on June 2nd, 2013 13 Comments

The Dumpster Project is a design experiment. We are using an open-ended, iterative process to convert the dumpster into a home. We’re not sure we will ever get to the ultimate dumpster, but we’re still working …

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  • What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
    Henry David Thoreau, American Author
  • He has the most is content with the least.
    Diogenes, Greek Philosopher
  • Our task is to educate our students whole being so they can face the future. We may not see the future, but they will and our job is to help them make something of it.
    Ken Robinson, English educator
  • The test of truth in life is not whether we can remember what we learned in school, but whether we are prepared for change.
    Andreas Schleicher, German Educator
  • In the attempt to make scientific discoveries, every problem is an opportunity — and the more difficult the problem, the greater will be the importance of its solution.
    Edward O. Wilson, American Biologist
  • Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
    Dr. Seuss, American Author

The Dumpster Team