ARCH 4601
Ecological Literacy and Design

Entrance to two rounded structures with a tree in front of the door.

Renzo Piano, Tjibaou Cultural Centre, New Caldedonia, 2002.

  • Instructor: Jack Elliott
  • Time: T, Th 10:10–11:25 a.m.
  • Location: 4301 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
  • Credits: 3
  • Territory of Investigation: Architecture and Ecology

DEA 4220 is a design-oriented lecture/seminar course for students who are concerned about the role they play as design professionals in affecting the biophysical world. The course's prime objective is to develop a new worldview founded on a broader sensitivity for things living and an accompanying set of meaningful environmental ethics. The course's secondary objectives are to develop a deeper knowledge of environmental issues, construct conceptual frameworks for analysis of these issues and to demonstrate how ecological knowledge can be applied to design. The course consists of a variety of learning experiences as vehicles for developing ecological awareness as it pertains to design. The emphasis will be on maintaining a sustained participation by the student throughout the semester. Students will engage in readings, writings, guest lectures, and class discussions. Field trips and site visits are also possible. Course projects will include reading assessments, an eco-sensitivity project, and a real-world green team project. Student presentations will be conducted at the end of the term.

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