Picture a barrier island!
Charleston and surrounding farmsteads in the Sea Islands of the Carolinas' coastal zone.
Islands in the Stream
Basic steps to a good design
Criteria used to judge any site, or place.
Criteria used to evaluate ecological design to replace dumb design
Ecological Design Activity
Values inherent in any site (a table)
What is value?
Ecological accounting informs us
Three approaches to ecological accounting all differ
Three laws of ecology
Carson's book: contents Edge of the Sea
Character of an Island -- a design project for the class
Comparing values of different land use
Using Jared Diamond to understand the choices we have made & must make in Collapse
Marshes of the Ocean Shore
Reefs as indicators
Acting to reduce pollution
Making Waves book contents
Ecological Design Elements
Ecological Design briefly discussed
Social considerations in designing a place
Site AnalysisWhat is a joint community, or group planning activity?
Florida's natural conditions
Islands' Study guide
Leopold's Taste for Country
Land by Aldo Leopold
Water and Climate
The Chicago River, now flows in an opposite direction from what it did naturally.
Coastal engineering and the restoration of natural conditions along the shore are a real test of the prevailing faith of contemporary America.
Our faith in progress, as a national ethos, is related to the widespread belief that we as a people respect what works.
This aspect of our thinking is called pragmatism.
As a value, pragmatists test the verity or credibility of ideas based on how things function and what we do to improve how something functions to better meet human needs.
Pragmatism was a belief from the 19th century, popularized by Columbia University Professor, John Dewey (1920s) in his call to national service on behalf of common values of civic virtue.
John Dewey once said
"The essential need is the improvement of the methods and conditions of debate, discussion and persuasion. That is the problem of the public."
How nature's geometry informs ecological accounting in design?
Clues to the basic conflict in the Siry text.
The values of estuaries explained.
Carson describes what persists in the coastal zones.
Sample essay about Carson's importance.
Design • a summary sketch of five principles of ecological
The class related pages | ideas in brief | coastal engineering | Pragmatism & Dewey | Syllabus
Index to island plans
Grading Scale Criteria
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