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Ecological design is a systems thinking approach to
maximize mutually beneficial synergies of human need
and ecological services. In other words, it is a
human environment design process that meets its own
needs, while also restoring the carrying capacity
and integrity of native ecosystems.
information regarding Ecological Design, contact Sustainability
Defining and Measuring Sustainability
The seminal publication from 1995 on the background
for defining and measuring "sustainability". It
addresses the interface of the economic/social with
"biogeophysical" (Pertaining to the composite of
biological, geological, and physical processes
operating in an area).
Interface's The Natural Step page
Banking on Green: How Green Infrastructure Saves
Municipalities Money and Provides Economic Benefits
Community-wide. This report from the American
Society of Landscape Architects examines hundreds of
case studies that show that green infrastructure
practices often offer more cost-effective solutions
relative to traditional infrastructure approaches.
The report details potential benefits of green
infrastructure such as lower energy expenses,
reduced flood damage, and improved public health.
This website has news from the following categories:
Design, Technology, Living, Transportation, Energy,
Science, Business and has a slideshow section.
Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities
Sustainable design is the promotion of human systems
in balance with the natural environment. The
Institute was established to promote an integrated
approach to issues of sustainability and to
facilitate this process. The Institute provides an
opportunity to explore the broad concept of
'sustainable development' and look further at
specific applications on a project-by-project basis.
JISC brings an architectural design and planning
perspective to its projects, ranging in scale from
building design to regional planning. These projects
have resulted in schematic designs and studies which
show how to implement principles of sustainability.
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
speaks about his view of sustainability and some of
his thoughts are in his publication Cradle to
Cradle. This book speaks to the flow of materials
in a consumer environment. The web site discusses
architecture, product design, cradle to cradle, the
next industrial revolution and McDonough’s writings
on topics of urbanism, sustainability, cradle to
cradle case studies, industrial design and
Ecotecture: The Journal of Ecological Design
This web site has articles and reviews, conference
information, a blog, global warming solutions,
environmental economics and renewable energy
John Todd Ecological Design
Todd was the 2008
winner of the Buck Minister Fuller Challenge Award.
His web site contains information on ecological
design, Eco-machines, natural systems design,
biomimicry and sustainable waste water management.
David W. Orr – Ecological Design Intelligence
David Orr is a
Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and
Politics at Oberlin College. In this article he
discusses ecological design and the promise it holds
for a sustainable future.
Sim Van der Ryn
Sim Van der Ryn
wrote the book Ecological Design in 1996 with Stuart
Cowen. His web site gives insight into his work and
EcoCity Cleveland – Ecological Design
This web site’s
ecological design information is divided into
sections: What Cities Can Do, Cleveland EcoVillage,
Green Building, Sustainability, BLUE Project, Energy
and Green Landscape Design. The site also includes the
Earth Charter, the Big Sur Declaration and the
Hannover Principles of Ecological Design.
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