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Title: Ecological literacy in design education - A theoretical introduction
Authors: Boehnert, Joanna
Keywords: Design
Sustainable design
Ecological literacy
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Form Akademisk - Forskningstidsskrift for Design Og Designdidaktikk, 8(1).
Citation: BOEHNERT, J., 2015. Ecological literacy in design education - A theoretical introduction. FORMakademisk, 8(1): 3.
Abstract: 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.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Sponsor: This research was suported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.7577/formakademisk.1405
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/36267
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.7577/formakademisk.1405
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