Ecological Restoration by Design 26-30 June @SchumacherColl
In the leave things better economy now emerging, ecological restoration can add new kinds of value to planning and design. But how?
This short course, which I am leading together with Lisa Maria Enzenhofer, will introduce you to a constellation of real-world ecological restoration projects, framed by their bioregion, in urban, peri-urban and rural contexts: regenerative agriculture; civic ecology; green infrastructure; river recovery; wetlands restoration; blue-green corridors; pollinator pathways; urban forests; and the use of plants to restore polluted soil and to create micro climates.
We will explore ecological restoration at multiple scales of geography and time – from micro-environments in former factories, to 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.
We want this course to be multi-disciplinary. We invite not only designers, architects and planners, but also geographers, ecologists, economists, and others. The course is for you if you want to understand the principles of ecological restoration; read a territory through an ecosystem lens; and engage, on however small a scale, in your own context.