Ecological literacy in design education - a theoretical introduction

Boehnert, J ORCID: 0000-0002-8990-0325 (2015) 'Ecological literacy in design education - a theoretical introduction.' FormAkademisk, 8 (1). ISSN 1890-9515

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Sustainability educators developed the concept of ecological literacy to provide a basis for understanding environmental problems and developing new capacities and critical skills to respond effectively. This paper presents a theoretical introduction to ecological literacy for design education. It starts with a philosophical overview of why ecological literacy is neces­sary, including details of some of the planet’s vital signs. The paper then describes six ecologi­cal principles (networks, nested systems, cycles, flows, development and dynamic balance) along with associated design concepts (resilience, epistemological awareness, a circular econ­omy, energy literacy, emergence and the ecological footprint). The final section explains why critical ecological literacy is necessary to make the work of transforming unsustainable condi­tions and designing sustainable ways of living possible.

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Part of a special issue on the DRS Cumulus Conference in Oslo 2013.

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