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Where does Eco-Restorative Design come from?

Since 1993 Architect Tim Watson (NCARB) has been developing new ideas involving his current work as a "Living System" specialist. He is a staunch advocate of the National Resources Defense Council's mission, and uses their LEEDS design standards as a guideline for his residential design ideas. His interest in taking architecture and the creation of building habitat beyond the boundaries of "sustainable" design has culminated in what he sees as the emergence of eco-restorative design thinking.

Tim Watson Architect's definition of Eco-Restorative Design:
Eco-Restorative Design makes use of buildings and their environs to help replenish Earth's ecosystems.
His in-depth definition:
Eco-Restorative Design integrates the language, methods, and concepts of ecology with buildings, thus empowering designers to create humane architecture that engenders the natural living system of a building site, and its environs.

This idea finds its purpose in the need to heal and restore compromised ecological systems, thereby helping them regain their original fecundity.

Profoundly, eco-restorative thinking affirms the spiritual connection that exists between humans and the natural world.

What is "Humane Architecture" in the context of Eco-Restorative Design?

Humane architecture has to do with designing human habitat that considers the inalienable rights of humans and non-humans, as presented in the international Earth Charter. It espouses compassion for all life.

What is the Earth Charter?

The Earth Charter was created by the independent Earth Charter Commission which was conceived as a follow-up to the 1992 Earth Summit in order to produce a global consciousness statement of values and principles for a sustainable future. See www.EarthCharter.org

What is a Living System?

As used within the context eco-restorative design, living systems are micro-ecosystems that have been positively affected by intelligent humane design, while encompassing the deeper wisdom of nature's processes.

Related thinking:

"I see our work as an effort to make architecture relevant to the central challenge of our time: designing for change in ways that are compatible with maintaining the living systems that support all life on earth. Our work marries nature and technology. Design is the link between nature and culture."

Sim Van der Ryn, author of "Ecological Design"

The subject we are concerned with is the spirituality of the Earth. By this I do not mean spirituality directed toward an appreciation of Earth. I speak of Earth as a subject, not as object. Our spirituality itself is Earth-derived. If there is no spirituality in Earth, then there is no spirituality in us. Humans are a dimension of Earth. These two are totally implicated each in the other.

Thomas Berry, "The spirituality of Earth",

Reprinted in:The Ecozoic- Cosmology and the Ecozoic Society; no. 1; 2008

 

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