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Eco Design


Fall 2019

Faculty: Linda Keane

AIADO 4945 001 (1015) and ARTED 4045 001 (1953)

Wednesdays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Eco Design focuses on the relationships between object and space, architecture and cities, and society and landscapes, and the ecological perspective in design. Emphasis is on current international practices with place-based public projects implementing immediate change. Through professional partnership with Earth Day Network and other Global Action organizations, this fast-moving studio seminar introduces students to the eco web community, connecting to and advocating for environmental design intelligence around the world. Examining design across all scales, students acquire skills in strategic public planning to address the residuals of the industrial era in a postindustrial environment. Readings include works by Davis, Louv, Leopold, Capra, Orr, and others and coincide with 2007 National Environmental Education Standards. Class assignments include direct interaction with Urban Ecology and Environmental Education organizations.

Prerequisite: Open to students at Junior level and above.

Read about past Eco Design courses at SAIC:

Eco Design Riverworks: Water is Essential for Life

Eco Design Riverworks: Cultural and Environmental Mapping

Eco Design Riverworks: Taking the Waters