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Sod sofa ‘recycled’

'Urban Eden' students recycle sod sofa

'Urban Eden' students recycle sod sofa

On April 12, students from LA/HORT 4910/12 (Creating the Urban Eden) taught by Nina Bassuk and Peter Trowbridge tore down the sod sofa built last fall by students in Marcia Eames-Sheavly‘s HORT 2010 (Art of Horticulture) class.

But there are no hard feelings. It was all part of the original plan, says Eames-Sheavly.

The Urban Eden students are using the compost that formed the base of the sofa to improve the soil outside Roberts Hall, where they will install a new planting later this semester. As with other recent projects the class has tackled around campus, the Roberts Hall planting is designed to comply with standards for the Sustainable Sites Initiative.

This spring’s plans also include changes to the adjacent plaza, a parcel outside Kennedy Hall, a rooftop garden at Mallott Hall, and new plantings at Hedrick Hall in Geneva.

View construction of sod sofa.

Finished sod sofa outside Roberts Hall on Cornell University's Ag Quad.

Finished sod sofa outside Roberts Hall on Cornell University's Ag Quad.

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