Resilient design at any scale requires understanding social-ecological systems as complex and adaptive. Increasing nature’s role to adapt to future risks comes when a design aims to multiply ecosystem services. For example, “managing” storm water with a concrete culvert minimizes nature’s role and causes problems downstream. But creating a storm water garden increases nature’s role by adding ecosystem services such as water purification, pollination, bio-habitat, flood-able landscape, and a place for people to appreciate nature. The course will explore resilience at multiple scales and show how designing to maximizing ecosystem services engages the community and increases a place’s adaptive capacity.
Course Start Time: Sunday, 7pm
Course End Time: Friday, 5pm