Analysis of cardinal points and keystone ideas in the text.
Summaries | The Point | Chapters | Preface | Lesson | Ecosystem services | Accounting
any form of design that minimizes environmentally destructive impacts
by integrating itself with living processes.
an integrative, ecologically
responsible design discipline.
hopeful vision + pragmatic tool
chapter analysis of five design principles
resource guide: Real Goods, Hopland, California.
examples that best demonstrate the pattern of thought involved in ecological design.
for instance: renewable energy, transportation and urban planning.
Chapter 1 Preface ix-xi
PART ONE Bringing Designs to Life
Chapter 2, Sustainability and Design, 3-15.
Chapter 3, An Introduction to Ecological Design, 17-32.
Chapter 4, Natures Geometry, 33-47.
Six design elements for Torontos waterfront (44-45)
PART TWO The Ecological Design Process
Chapter 5, Introduction to the compost privy story, 51-56.
All Five design Elements in brief
Chapter 6, 1st Principle solutions grow, 57-81.
Ojai school, pp. 69-70.; Bateson Building 76-77
Chapter 7, 2d Principle ecological accounting informs by following the flows, 82-102.
Flow diagrams (96)
16 different questions to answer 94-95
Chapter 8, 3d Principle design with (McHarg), 103-139.
industrial stream-flow, 115, wastewater 119,
Chapter 9, 4th Principle everyone is, 140-159.
Chapter 10, 5th Principle Display visually a recognition of natural powers, 160-172.
Chapter 1 the game we are in is a zero sum process by which gains come at some costs: appropriateness.
Chapter 2 two approaches to the ecological crisis of consumption can be resolved by design change, 4-5
Chapter 3 defining eco design & contrasts of specific concepts; Conventional vs. ED: Criteria Table 26-28
Chapter 4 Consider a drop of rain. as a model for plans, biological systems are implicit history of places
Chapter 5 what goes in must come out (Newtons laws): linking 1-5 Five design principles to the privy
Chapter 6 #1; places embody effective resilience & lasting forms, often ignored by Clothesline Paradox 73
Chapter 7 #2; internalizing the externalities means this kind of result challenges us to think more carefully about patterns of consumption and practices of design. 101
Chapter 8 #3; symbiotic approaches work because of the Limits Commandment of McHarg, ecotones 105
Chapter 9 #4; inclusive, participatory activity comes together in the Charette (a cooperative exercise). 156
Chapter 10 #5; showing biological & systemic relations functioning is an abiding lesson because it works.
Bringing Designs to Life
|Chapter 2||Chapter 3||Chapter 4|
|dialectic of sustainable||respecting limitations||measure of places|
|technological vs. ecological||material & functional||inherent structures|
The Ecological Design Process
Chapter 5: A story about waste, which is
not really waste, disposal common to all.
|Chapter 6||Chapter 7||Chapter 8||Chapter 9||Chapter 10|
|site is crucial||life-cycle||self design||cooperative||phaneron|
form & function
follow from there!
|accounting||models||the consensus||see nature function|
|biosphere||is effective||always learn|
Ecological Design, Cowan & Van der Ryn
Chapter 2: Sustainability and Design
Critical of the idea
the possibility of balance and permanence in a world where we experience precisely the opposite
already changing climate patterns.
One hundred square miles of rain forest are being lost each day. Species are going extinct at the unprecedented rate of three per hour.
In search of comfort, convenience and material wealth, we have begun to sacrifice not only our own health, but also the health of all species. We are starting to exhaust the capacity of the very systems that sustain us, and now we must deal with the consequences.
So what is the connection?
they largely fail to deliver the particulars involved in making a transition to a more sustainable world
grappling with the issues it raises.
redefined limitations, costs and value
People committed to changing their own communities.
Technological versus Ecological sustainability contrasted
[ ..they embody two very different visions. p. 5]
Technological every problem has either a technological answer or a market solution
It is about expert interventions in which the planets medical symptoms are carefully stabilized...
Ecological sustainability is the task of finding
alternatives to the practices that got us into trouble in the first place, it
is necessary to rethink agriculture, shelter, energy use, urban design, transportation,
economics, community patterns, resource use forestry, the importance of wilderness,
and our central values.
p. 5. (top)
sustainability from OUR COMMON FUTURE defined as
development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
This prescription (in the fine print details) implies a highly technical approach based on more and better management and technology.
our material wealth and physical well-being depend on natures own health.
critics of development
Is technological sustainability simply a kinder gentler form of reductionism to which we do a more efficient job of using up, accounting for and managing nature?
a reality that contains mountains of data, but no people.
The data do not
they provide knowledge that is faceless and placeless, an abstraction that carries a considerable cost: it consigns the realities of culture, power, and virtue to oblivion.
Technological Sustainability, seems to fit well into existing
structures of power
Narmada Valley Dam, India [ not unlike: Three Gorges.
Yangtze, Dinosaur Nat. Mon., TVA, Hetch Hetchy, etc]. me.
social justice and technological virtues are on each side in the debate to flood 10,000 of villagers' homes, fields, orchards, forests, and wildlife.
fine tune the global interface between people and the
and the biosphere,... while displaying a naive optimism concerning our ability
to manage planetary systems.
Ecological Sustainability (on the contrary)
requires limits to technology, limits to material wants, limits to the stress placed on the biosphere and limits to hubris.
Orrs four attributes of ecological sustainability accounting for why we screw up a good thing.
1st people are finite and fallible
2d rebuilt only from the bottom up
3d traditional cultural knowledge derived from place is crucial to effective designs
4th nature is a source for modeling what succeeds.
restated by me
the true harvest of evolution is encoded on natures design.
Nature is more than a bank of resources to draw on: it is the best model we have for all the design problems we face.
Such redesign --
attending carefully to scale
and the wisdom of natures own designs
-- requires patience and humility.
It is a search for the nitty gritty design details of a sustainable culture, one grounded in the texture of our everyday lives.
A critique of the growing dependence of homes on centralized delivery of essential services, such as power, water, sewage.
The DESIGN CONNECTION
Sean Wellesley Miller
Towards a Symbiotic Architecture
Infrastructure for the provision of food, fuel, water, and building materials.
Crucial, unseen, yet critical 1/12th and 1/3d
One BTU in twelve is used to heat and cool the US building stock
On average it takes as much energy to heat and cool the US building stock for three years as it took to build it in the first place.
In the end ecological design provides a means of meeting our needs within limits so that an ecosystem's services are made available on a periodically renewing basis for those who come after us.