With John Thackara and Lisa Maria Enzenhofer
In the 'leave things better' economy that is now emerging, the principles of ecological restoration can add new kinds of value to planning and design. But how does this approach work in practice? This short course will introduce you to a constellation of real-world ecological restoration projects in urban, peri-urban and rural contexts: regenerative agriculture; civic ecology; sustainable urban drainage, and green infrastructure; river recovery, wetlands restoration, and dam removal; blue-green corridors; pollinator pathways, urban forests and the use of plants to restore polluted soil and to create micro climates.
We will investigate the ways ecological restoration is being used at multiple scales of geography and time - from micro-environments in former factories, to fibersheds, and Ecological Restoration Camps at the scale of the bioregion.
The week includes encounters with project pioneers in South Devon involved in sustainable horticulture, the creation of a Bioregional Learning Centre, and the Deep Time Walk. Participants will also complete a design exercise in which lessons learned during the week are applied to a context of their own.
This course is intended to be multi-disciplinary. We invite not only designers, architects and planners, but also geographers, ecologists, economists, and more. The course is for you if you want to understand the principles of ecological restoration; read a territory through an ecosystemic lens; and engage, on however small a scale, in your own context.
John has travelled the world in his search of stories about the practical steps taken by communities to realise a sustainable future. He writes about these stories online, and in books, and has used them in workshops in more than 30 countries. A Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art, John's latest book is How To Thrive In The Next Economy. Last year, John co-led a course at Schumacher called Bioregionalism By Design
LISA MARIA ENZENHOFER
Lisa Maria is a practising architect, researcher and lecturer in the Sustainable Urban Planning and Design Program at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden. Her recent projects Airship 01- Cultural Forest and breathe.austria both involved the development of new hybrid relations between ecology and the built environment. She is co founder of her own practice, ecosphere.institute, and is a member of breathe.earth.collective.