Roberto Rovira


Site DisPlacement explored 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 was additionally researched, traced, and communicated to better understand where this material comes from and where it goes once it is discarded.

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.

This project was done at Florida A&M University School of Architecture as part of a multi-disciplinary, three day event led by Roberto Rovira which included participation from FAMU 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. Read more in NEWS.

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