Ecological Design Blog

Ecosa Institute Alumni Shine

Ecosa Institute alumni are having an impact on our world and we applaud their ongoing accomplishments. We want to tell others how a semester at Ecosa Institute “changed my world outlook,” in the words of alum Sarah Derheim. Watch our blog space for more news about the...

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Can a Building be an Ecosystem?

Can a Building be an Ecosystem? The concept of "Biotecture" is introduced here by Tony Brown, Ecosa Institute Founder and Program Director. The article was first published on the Triple Pundit website, a product of Ecosa Alum Nicholas Aster, and was re-posted in the...

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Design with Nature to Make a Difference in Our World

by Tony Brown and Laura Kasper Our Design with Nature approach builds upon the theories of “green architecture,” “sustainable design” and “urban ecology." Design with Nature incorporates ways to integrate and honor natural environments while still providing for human...

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Is Design Education “Tragic”?

I came across this reprint in Dezeen magazine of a conversation with Jonathon Ive at the London Design Museum with its director Deyan Sudjic. I found it really interesting that Ive, one of the leading designer of computer products bemoans the fact that design students...

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Vegetarianism to Combat Climate Change?

I recently made the decision to be mostly vegetarian. It was combination of a lot of things,  but the driving force behind it all was a desire to lessen my carbon footprint. It seemed like one of the easiest adjustments I could make towards a more sustainable...

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My Personal Transformation

Prior to my semester at Ecosa, I had attended a college prep high school that had me excited about joining the rat race. I got good grades, pleased those around me and ended up at the University of Michigan. Without any idea of what I wanted to study, I took a...

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What Makes Ecosa Different?

I was recently engaged in a conversation about what makes Ecosa Institute 'different' with the very people who make it so. "Everyone says they're different,” Ecosa founder Tony Brown challenged. So what makes Ecosa different from the rest? To tackle this question, I...

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Ecosa visit to Flagstaff Container House

Recently, The Spring 2014 Ecosa class visited with graphic designer Marie Jones at her infamous home in Flagstaff. The container home is an icon of downtown Flag, an homage to the historic and still vibrant railway culture of the region. Architects Tony Brown and Tom...

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