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Systems Thinking as the Basis for an Ecological Design Education
Proceedings of the 21st National Passive Solar Conference, American Solar Energy Society, April 13-18 (1996)
  • Mark DeKay, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Publication Date
April, 1996
Publisher Statement
Design education is built on a combination of historical models that have little to do with ecological design or contemporary understandings of whole systems. In order to educate designers for ecologically and socially responsible practice, design schools will need to be radically redesigned in their structure, content, and methods. This paper uses a model from the natural sciences, Systems Theory, as a potential model for a foundational framework of design education. Basic tenets of systems thinking are outlined, along with principles of ecosystem function and organization. A series of fifteen suggested shifts in design education, eight as implications of ecosystem principles and seven derived from principles of ecosystem organization, are proposed.
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Mark DeKay. "Systems Thinking as the Basis for an Ecological Design Education" Proceedings of the 21st National Passive Solar Conference, American Solar Energy Society, April 13-18 (1996)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mark_dekay/11/