What is ecological thinking?:
1. Ecology is the study of how organisms relate to each other and their physical surroundings.
2. To think Ecologically means to approach an issue with an open mind; to think holistically and include all factors connected to the issue.
3. The aim of ecological thinking is to understand the connectedness between things, and to apply that knowledge in design. (ie. connections between humans, nature, technology)
4. No one thing can exist alone, therefore everything exists only in relation to other things. (ie. systems)
5. Reductionism is the process of breaking something into parts in order to understand each part of the whole. You must consider all parts, relationships and interactions with the object or issue in order to analyze and learn from them. (ie. parts of a system)
6. Ecological designs are sustainable and adaptive to their environment because careful thought has gone into all of the interactions that could take place in the always changing environment. Instead of working in their environment, they work harmoniously with it, often giving back to it.
Lila Pine: https://mpm17fall2009friday.wordpress.com/
WernerUlrich: “Somedifficultiesofecological thinking, consideredfromacritical systemsperspective:apleaforcritical holism.”Systems Practice, Vol. 6, No. 6, 1993, pp. 583-611.