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Design for Ecosystems

The Framework for Design Excellence
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Good design should consider the well-being and benefits of both human and nonhuman inhabitants. This principle highlights that the design choices we make directly impact the ecosystems present within and around the project site. By understanding the dynamics of the site, we can become more conscious of our actions and their potential impacts. Overall, this principle underscores the importance of designing with an ecological perspective, taking into account the needs and impacts on both human and nonhuman entities, and striving for a harmonious relationship with the surrounding environment.

Check out AIA National’s article for guided questions and case studies on Design for Ecosystems (https://www.aia.org/showcases/6082454-design-for-ecosystems)

Case Study Photo: CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES IN PITTSBURGH BY THE DESIGN ALLIANCE ARCHITECTS, A 2016 COTE® TOP TEN RECIPIENT.

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