Fall 2021 ECOSA Classes
at Prescott College

FALL 2021: Block Classes

Block 2: Ecological Thinking:
Design Strategies for the Future

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Sept. 21, 2021 - Oct. 14, 2021

ENV 44005 | 4 Credits|
ECOSA Studio | 212 W. Gurley Street
Meets Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Ecological thinking requires a shift in current values to put the health of the planet ahead of all other considerations. Designing our homes, our jobs, and our free time while keeping planetary needs in mind requires us to live in the present, make decisions consciously, and always question the consequences of our actions. Humility makes us aware of what we don't understand, while arrogance provokes us to act without considering what we don't understand. Arrogance fosters short-term thinking when we respond to challenges and crises. Einstein advocated that it is impossible to solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that created the problem in the first place. Therefore, if we are to tackle the ecological challenges facing us now successfully, we will need to develop a long-term perspective about the problems we face through an ecological way of thinking. In this course, students explore how ecological design principles help create a new paradigm for the future. Student projects will implement those principles by designing solutions to problems with humility instead of arrogance.

Session B

This session consists of two co-requisite classes that will be blended to create an integrated multi-disciplinary learning experience.

Designing the Future:
Ecosa Design Studio


Oct. 19, 2021 - Dec. 12, 2021

ENV 44004 | 4 Credits|
ECOSA Studio | 212 W. Gurley Street
Meets Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri : 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This course prepares and inspires students to challenge the fundamental assumptions that underlie the conventional designs of human systems. Everywhere we look—in our cities, companies and institutions, our production and distribution sectors, our healthcare providers and even our economies—we find design flaws that lead to unhealthful communities and an impoverished natural environment. During this class students will work in small teams to research and redesign aspects of a client project. Students will then develop, through their projects and presentations, solutions for the client building the skills and competencies to effectively lead others towards the successful implementation of a regenerative resilient future. Students will become skilled both intellectually and creatively in the art of innovating and implementing sustainable systems design and leading others in this pursuit. The evaluation of project development, design charrettes and presentations constitute the assessment of this course work.

Regenerative Design:
Architecture, Permaculture, and Resilience

Design Studio

Oct 19, 2021 - Dec 21, 2021

ENV44005 | 4 Credits|
ECOSA Studio | 212 W. Gurley Street
Meets Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This class will create an awareness of the importance of design in shaping both the natural and human environments. Every product we use, every space we inhabit, every city we live in has been designed with little consideration of nature. Ill-considered design has led to the global climate crisis, one of the most serious challenges we face, however regenerative design is a means to intentionally design the world so that human communities and nature can be sustained and thrive. Through examining and understanding architecture, permaculture and resilience through regenerative design students will have the tools to plan for a resilient future. Through creating a research report on the resilience of the Prescott College Campus, readings, class discussions, field trips and practical examples we will explore the ways we can redesign for human needs while preserving the natural world.

Spring 2022

The World Needs Redesigning: Shape Your Future
Create the World You Want to See

Psychology of Spaces: How the Places We Inhabit Affect Our Lives

We spend 95% of our time in buildings. How does the shape of a room affect our mood? How should a classroom be designed for maximum learning? Which strategies alleviate stress in buildings, in streets, in cities? Discover the invisible forces affecting our health. 

Creating A Sustainable World: Strategies For A Positive Future

If we can’t envision the future we can’t create the strategies to take us there. Positive visions are vital to countering the many dystopian visions permeating media. Come and vision the future you want to see and become a changemaker.

Resilience, Planning And Ecology In A Changing World

Change is the only constant in the universe. How do we acknowledge and celebrate change? We can create a dynamic, resilient world using knowledge from the natural world? Biophilia, biomimicry, and regenerative design are just a few of the tools we can use to create a more resilient future 

The Shape Of The City: Ecology, Psychology And Visioning The Future

By 2025 humanity will become an urban species. 75% of the global population will live in cities. What proposals are being made to transform our urban environments? Can we create equitable, just, inclusive cities while we solve homelessness, gentrification, income inequality and the greater threat of the climate crisis. Learn how we might shape exciting, vibrant cities of the future.

Discover how design can impact our lives.