‘Hack Lab’ is a two-unit Annenberg Collaboratory class offered at the University of Southern California where students get the opportunity to re-imagine a payphone. As technology progresses, the use of payphones become obsolete. This course centers on changing a payphone to become a portal of local culture. The professors, Francois Bar and Andrew Schrock guide students to bring their visions to life through the many stages of rapid prototyping.
This semester’s team chose to create an “Aquaponics payphone” as a response to food injustice that exists in South Los Angeles. Aquaponics is an organic and sustainable way to grow plants and even edible fish in your own home.
This instructable will showcase how we created both the aquaponics system as well as how we re-built a payphone to work in unison.