"But few designers have yet ventured beyond the metaphors and mechanics supplied by these ecological models to design effectively for adaptation to change, or to incorporate learned feedback into the designs, or to work in transdisciplinary modes of practice that open new apertures for the exploration of new systems, synergies and wholly collaborative work. This is the project ahead: leading the sciences, humanities, and design culture toward a more rigorous, robust and relevant engagement across the domains of ecology and design.”
The closing paragraph for this paper
You are all working on this now!!
World Trade Center Memorial: Swamp White Oaks
"Former New York State Governor George Pataki wanted the trees chosen for the memorial to come from states that lost significant numbers of people in the terrorist attacks. …the challenge for the memorial’s designers was locating the 416 Swamp White Oaks that would occupy the site when it was fully complete. Over a period of months, Walker’s team traveled throughout New York State searching for eligible Swamp White Oaks in farmers’ fields, public works departments, and in derelict tree nurseries. Although the shapes of the Swamp White Oaks that were located were almost identical, they came in a variety of different sizes. To get the hundreds of different-sized trees to conform to Walker and Arad’s geometrically ordered design required a major horticultural operation at a special facility in New Jersey. With the help of arborists from the international tree-doctor company Bartlett Tree Experts, the trees were hooked up to intravenous drips that starved the bigger ones and fed the smaller ones. Thus, at the end of a three-year period, when the memorial site was ready for planting, all the trees were approximately the same size."
-Topos Alex Ulam
DEC’s Saratoga Seedling Nursery, see https://www.facebook.com/NYSDECsaratogatreenursery?sk=app_169636556420716
This is a 3 year old Norway Spruce seedling.
Hilla Shamia: Molten aluminum cast + wood = these incredible charred wood benches and furniture. See http://homeli.co.uk/wood-casting-by-hilla-sharmia-molten-aluminium-and-charred-wood-furniture/
How could human beings learn how to write if our brain would have evolved for hunting… and it wouldn’t be able to transcend the adaptive bounds of its original purpose?’ In other words, low
specialisation or ‘suboptimality’, regarding a certain purpose,
is a strategically valuable property for biological organisms
The forest carries deep cultural significance. Within the urban landscape, this ecologically complex system is also understood to perform a wide range of essential ecosystem services, from increasi…