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"Aesthetics and Ecological Function" Lecture November 1, 2019

Title: Aesthetics and Ecological Function
Date: November 1, 2019
Location: The University of Delaware, DCH - 1810 N Dupont St. Wilmington, DE 19806

The global environmental crisis seems to require a new moral imperative that constructed landscapes contribute positively to the health of the biosphere. Simply minimizing impacts (reduce, reuse, recycle) is no longer enough. Reversal of negative impacts to enable ecological regeneration is now critical. However, such a shift in design consciousness does not, as many assume, necessitate the abandonment of the creative process or hinder diversity in the arts. Artists, designers, architects, and other creatives have always drawn inspiration from their environment and the latest scientific and traditional ecological knowledge has only enhanced this pursuit. 

In this two-part lecture and workshop, environmental artist Bryan Quinn will describe how he and the interdisciplinary team at One Nature interpret and make creative use of ecological principals. In the first session (60 minutes), Bryan will describe One Nature’s site specific creative process, which begins with careful environmental mapping of land, establishing its long term trajectory, and representing its existing conditions using methods that draw on artistic precedents. He will then describe how such attention to site specific conditions allows for the creation of ecocentric forms and systems in constructed landscapes. Special attention will be given to design applicability of specific ecological topics such as refugia design, plant succession, rewilding, and microclimates. In the second session (90 minutes), participants will learn how to use collage to represent and design different types of habitats and environmental systems that tend to be ecologically productive. After a one hour period making collage, participants may participate in an optional 30 minute “pin up” of their collages and roundtable discussion. Materials will be provided. 

Earlier Event: August 9