Ecology + Design

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Research activated design intervention that significantly improves the ecological health of the designed world. 

The Stuckeman School’s Ecology + Design (E+D) initiative has received one of only 10 seed grants University-wide awarded to pilot programs that support Penn State’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.

Ecology and Design, focused on the creation of a Penn State Center for Ecology and Design (E+D), that will address the need to fuse ecology and design in built works, and establish the University as a leader in E+D innovation and education, in support of stewarding our planet’s resources. The Hamer Center has been proud to support the E+D initiative as its physical home.

For the full story, see the story on Penn State News.



Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM in the Stuckeman Family Building Jury Space (first floor)

E+D hosted its inaugural symposium, welcoming nine academic and industry leaders who employ ecology+design strategies to solve complex problems. Symposium Topics & Associated Speakers

TOPIC 1: What are key ecological principles that should be considered in physical design, and how are they (or how should they be) manifested in built work?
Dr. Kristina Hill, UC Berkeley
Dr. David Orr, Oberlin College
Dr. Bill Braham, University of Pennsylvania
TOPIC 2: What are useful collaborative strategies to bring together ecological science and physical design?
Keith Bowers, Biohabitats
Chris Barnes, SCAPE
Thomas Price, Conservation Design Forum
TOPIC 3: How could (or how does) research help us test the theories and design strategies through performance assessment of built projects?
Dr. Bill Mitsch, Florida Gulf Coast University
Steve Apfelbaum, Applied Ecological Services
Dr. Wu Hong, Penn State

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