In 2003 the New Mexico State Legislature allocated Taos County funding to design and build the first Living Lab. An engineered learning space, the Living Lab's structural, mechanical and plumbing systems support the curriculum to demonstrate the most innovative concepts in ecological design and environmental stewardship. Proposed for the University of New Mexico-Taos campus, this facility will promote ecological literacy for elementary, middle, high school, and college students throughout Taos County.

Self-sustaining, the Living Lab generates power from the sun, collects rainwater and reclaims wastewater through a Living Machine® System, an engineered ecosystem of microorganism and plant communities that digest the organic compounds in wastewater.

Comprising two multipurpose classrooms, an indoor horticulture laboratory, a mycoculture (mushroom) room, grey-water garden and catch-water cistern, the project is sited at under 2,300gsf. The core of the Living Lab structure and curriculum is a unique "living classroom" implementing hands-on lessons in ecology, agriculture, aquaculture, engineering and environmental restoration and highlighting the mutually beneficial relationships among varied organisms in natural ecosystems. Students will learn how they can harness natural resources to provide clean water, food, and shelter.

Living Lab

Taos, New Mexico

23,000sf New Construction Unbuilt