New Ecologies

The constructed environment is a critical expression of what it means to be human in our time. It is the nexus between sites and systems, forms and processes, practices and values.



In 2010, approximately 27,000 species became extinct, 11.2 billion tons of waste were produced, the population increased by 134 million people (half as net growth), and 200,000 inventions were patented (ACSA, 101st Proceedings). The global rate, scale, and scope of environmental, cultural, and technological change is ever-increasing. The impact of these changes on the natural and built environment demands more dynamic, adaptable, responsive, and resilient systems. Our NEW ECOLOGIES projects challenge tired paradigms defined by dichotomies - nature vs. culture, idealism vs. materialism, even digital vs. analog - in an effort to design new hybrid systems, landscapes, devices, and experiences. 

NEW ECOLOGIES promote a global perspective on socio-ecological contexts, inter-species articulation, cultural meaning, ecological fitness, and the challenges of adapting to a rapidly-changing environment. These projects explore nascent technologies, material invention, and systems-thinking to address core questions of the environment from human comfort to inter-species occupation, from climatic changes to energy allocations. Our NEW ECOLOGIES projects examine the critical role design plays in biological, geological, and ecological processes, not only for today and here but over diverse frameworks of time and territory. 


KEY NEW ECOLOGIES INITIATIVES:

Coastal Regeneration

Regenerative Urbanism

Responsive Hydrologic Infrastructures

Materializing Atmospheres / Materials Futures Studios

Biophilic Cities

Post-Human Territories

Water Cities 


ECOLOGICAL THINKING CHALLENGES EXHAUSTED PARADIGMS DEFINED BY DICHOTOMIES - NATURE vs. CULTURE  - IN ORDER TO DESIGN NEW HYBRID SYSTEMS, LANDSCAPES, DEVICES, AND EXPERIENCES.