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Learning from Nature to Design Sustainable Environments

  • Dates: 01 – 28 Jul, 2018
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Address: 2999 Overland Ave. Suite 103
  • Contact: Miriam Bar-Zemer
  • Email: info@ifrglobal.org
  • Website: http://ifrglobal.org
  • Phone: 424-209-1173

The unique ecology of the Taleggio Valley, set in the mountainous Italian PreAlps, lends itself to the study of an array of natural systems that will serve as the backdrop for a course on bio-inspired design. Through the observation and analysis of the pre-alpine ecology students will translate the learned principles to develop architectural projects that incorporate sustainable design elements stemming from biological inspiration. The course will be taught by long-term collaborators Dr. Shauna Price, a biologist specializing in insect ecology and evolution, and architect Ilaria Mazzoleni, who develops conceptual design projects focused on sustainability and biomimicry. The program includes treks in nature, including historical paths along streams and canyons, visits to heritage sites, such as medieval settlements, historical villages, and the world-famous San Pellegrino Terme, as well as the Bergamo Science Museum. Students will live in a cozy residence in Sottochiesa, a charming village north of Bergamo. The expertise of the instructors, in combination with the ecology of the field site and the local community, will serve to provide a model for conducting integrative research and producing sustainable bio-inspired designs for the students.

This course is offered through the Institute for Field Research (ifrglobal.org), a non-profit academic organization specializing in field-based, original research-driven programs around the globe. IFR field schools are annually peer-reviewed by an academic board and are held to the highest standards for research output, pedagogy, and student safety. The Institute is partnered with Connecticut College, from which students may earn 8 semester credits for their successful completion of a field school. To apply to this course you should go to this link: http://ifrglobal.org/program/italy-learning-nature/

 If you have any questions about the program or enrollment, please direct them to info@ifrglobal.org. 

 
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