Nicky Rhodes

Iinterdisciplinary maker with an academic background in the intersections of design, society, and the environment, and a foundation in the arts. Through investigations into materials, technologies, & collaborative practices, I strive to craft meaningful spaces that connect people with their community, their ecosystems, and themselves.

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Compost Toilet

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  • This composting toilet is the first structure within a grand vision to create a circular waste system at Stonehedge Gardens, where human waste is treated and recycled back into the land.

    With consultation from a circular sanitation expert, I led the community design/build process, which emphasized a minimal impact on the land.

    Almost every part of the structure was salvaged, both from a demolition warehouse in Philadelphia and directly from Stonehedge's grounds.

    Inspired by the ancient Japanese practice of shou sugi ban, charring the wood both acts to naturally preserve it and gives the structure an earthy feeling.

    Construction was a communal process, with everyone contributing their own expertise.

    Construction was a communal process, with everyone contributing their own expertise.

    Construction was a communal process, with everyone contributing their own expertise.

    The waste composts off-site for six months, then is further composted using worms (vermicomposting) to create nutrient rich soil for the land.

    The waste composts off-site for six months, then is further composted using worms (vermicomposting) to create nutrient rich soil for the land.

    Stonehedge Gardens is a holistic learning center arts and ecology in Tamaqua, PA. The Compost Toilet is used at permaculture conferences and festivals.

    Stonehedge Gardens is a holistic learning center arts and ecology in Tamaqua, PA. The compost toilet is used at permaculture conferences and festivals.