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Design and Technology Links

Transition Design Symposium 2016
Can Design Catalyse the Great Transition? Read papers from the 2016 symposium held on the Dartington Hall Estate here.

Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG)
An international non-governmental organisation which specialises in helping people to use appropriate technology for practical answers to poverty. Lessons from ITDG’s grassroots experience are spread through consultancy services, publishing activities, education, policy and research.

Permaculture Association The Permaculture Association (Britain) supports people and projects through training, networking and research, using the ethics and principles of permaculture. Permaculture is a term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970s, derived from ‘Permanent Agriculture’. It is a philosophy of working with rather than against nature and of the conscious design of sustainable systems.

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) CAT is an educational centre based in North Wales concerned with the search for globally sustainable, whole and ecologically sound technologies and ways of life. They run short courses, a consultancy service, and a quarterly magazine Clean Slate.

Ecological Design Institute EDI believe that the natural world and the humanly designed world can be reintegrated by taking ecology as the basis for design. Working together with Founder Sim Van der Ryn, they are a multidisciplinary team of architects, designers, engineers, community planners and educators offering the following services: Green architecture and building systems, Sustainable community planning, Education and training programs, Sustainable technologies, Research and Publications.

Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB)
The AECB is the leading independent environmental building trade organisation in the UK. The Association, its network of members and publications provide a wealth of knowledge to enable you or your company to help the environment. Formed in 1989 the AECB encourages greater environmental awareness within the building construction industry. Its diverse membership encompasses almost every sector of building construction and management. (good links page on related subjects)

RSA Art for Architecture encourages collaborative ventures between artists and architects, landscape architects, engineers and other design disciplines. The aim of the scheme is to foster creative ways of improving the quality of the urban and rural environment by encouraging artist and architect’s equal status within a design team. This means that artists are involved in the development of the overall design strategy.