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GAF x COTE: Looking at the Future
This 2019 video was compiled by GAF, a COTE sponsor.
ECOLOGY and DESIGN (2006)The AIA Committee on the EnvironmentEcological Literacy in Architecture Education Report and Proposalfor the Tides Foundation Kendeda Sustainability FundCONTENTSChapter 1: INTRODUCTION 1• Executive Summary—1• Project Overview—3• Education for a Sustainable Future—8Chapter 2: SUSTAINABILITY AND ECOLOGICAL LITERACY 13• Defining Our Terms—13• A Conversation with David Orr—16Chapter 3: SUSTAINABILITY AND ARCHITECTURE EDUCATION 21• The Nature of Architecture Education—21• Curricular Innovation for Environmental Sustainability—23• A Survey of Architecture Schools’ Web Sites—37• Trends Toward Ecological Literacy in Other Disciplines—40Chapter 4: TEACHING AND LEARNING 43• Coursework Introduction—43• The Call for Papers—45• Grant Recipients—46• Special Recognition Recipients—New and Promising—59• Special Recognition Recipients—64Chapter 5: PROPOSAL FOR ACTION 73• The AIA COTE Center for Ecological Design—73APPENDIX 85• Reference Sources and Other Relevant Works—85• Champions of Ecological Literacy in Architecture Education—87• Reading for Learning: Sample Reading Lists from Submitted Coursework—99• Coursework Reading List Matrix—102• Submitted Coursework—127• Coursework Matrix—134• Top Ten Measures of Sustainable Design—137• Top Ten Green Project Award Recipients—143• SBSE Retreat—146• The Web Survey Report—147• Teaching Design That Goes from Cradle to Cradle—165