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The Nature of Design: Exploring the Roots of Ecological Design / August 21-26, 2013
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A week-long field and studio based course at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont’s Mad River Valley.
This unique intensive brings a critical eye and an experiential approach to the ideas underpinning ecological design. How does immersion in a natural environment impact creativity and design decisions? Can an experiential understanding of natural processes lead to more “natural” design, not just in terms of material usage but also in terms of aesthetics, technological systems, and applied building science? What would it look and feel like to truly align contemporary building with the principles of ecology?
To answer these questions, students will spend three days backpacking in Vermont’s Green Mountains, studying natural patterns and processes through drawing, readings, hands-on design activities, and discussion. We’ll then return to the studio to synthesize what we’ve learned in a culminating design project. Throughout, we’ll examine key concepts and trends in ecology and design, including biophilia, permaculture, biomimicry, and “green building.” Students will need to bring their own basic backpacking gear and should be capable of carrying a 30–40 pound pack over several miles of easy to moderately difficult uneven terrain. Register through Yestermorrow Design/Build School