Roberto Rovira


Roberto Rovira was invited to the Florida A&M University as guest lecturer and installation artist for a multi-disciplinary, three day event which included participation from Architecure, Environmental Science, and Art students and faculty. Other collaborators included the Florida A&M Division of Research, FAMU’s Sustainability Office and the City of Tallahassee. The lecture “Temporary Ecologies” took place on Monday, 02MAR2015, at the School of Architecture, and the Installation “Site DisPlacement” was completed on 04MAR2015 and will be in place for several months at the School of Architecture atrium and the Conoly Greenhouse grounds. Read more in the PORTFOLIO page.

From the Site DisPlacement narrative:

The inexpensive, recyclable, and biodegradable qualities of cardboard contribute to its vast global footprint and make it a familiar fixture that transcends place and culture. From the refined work of architects to cardboard’s opportunistic use as provisional shelter in informal settlements worldwide, this low-tech material has the potential to mean different things to different people.

Site DisPlacement will explore some of the material limits and potentials of cardboard to shape space and create infrastructure for people and vegetation. The material origin and waste stream of cardboard will additionally be researched, traced, and communicated visually and in written form to better understand where this material comes from and where it goes once it is discarded.

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Project Team:
Lead Designer: Roberto Rovira
Studio Roberto Rovira Associates: Brennan Baxley, Santiago Olarte
FAMU Coordination: Professor Laverne Wells-Bowie, Architecure, and Richard Gragg, Environmental Science.
Installation, Graphics and Fabrication: FAMU Architecure, Environmental Science, and Art students and faculty