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Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking


How is one to think, act and be in a radically interdependent and complex world? The earth, part of the living universe, is a unified, related community of beings. Given the devastating effects of our activity within this community, humans are now called on to participate in a transformed worldview and identity capable of re-establishing sustainable and mutually-enhancing relations with the non-human natural world. Recognizing that human health and the health of the earth are inseparable, we will in this course examine theories and practices which encourage the development of ecological consciousness and the experience of ecological self. The weekly meetings will be a combination of discussion and experiential work as we explore the role of architects and related professionals within the earth as a living system. Students will be exposed to the work of seminal thinkers in ecopsychology and design and be given the opportunity to develop their own perspective on the issues involved. This course forms an integral part of the Green Building Curriculum at the BAC and provides the philosophic and experiential foundation for courses of a more technical nature.

Credits 1.5 Credits
Prerequisites * AS128
Co-Requisites None.
Fall, Spring


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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