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Ecology and Design: Ecological Literacy in Architecture Education Report_2006 (Tides) 

01-08-2021 01:50 PM

ECOLOGY and DESIGN (2006)
The AIA Committee on the Environment
Ecological Literacy in Architecture Education Report and Proposal
for the Tides Foundation Kendeda Sustainability Fund

CONTENTS

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION 1

• Executive Summary—1
• Project Overview—3
• Education for a Sustainable Future—8

Chapter 2: SUSTAINABILITY AND ECOLOGICAL LITERACY 13

• Defining Our Terms—13
• A Conversation with David Orr—16

Chapter 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—40

Chapter 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—64

Chapter 5: PROPOSAL FOR ACTION 73
• The AIA COTE Center for Ecological Design—73

APPENDIX 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

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