Etymology roots the word ecological with ecology, meaning a “relation of the animal both to its organic as well as its inorganic enviornment.” The word ecological branches off from this root word and correlates to “interrelationships of organisms and their environments.” Ecological Thinking, is a consciousness in life and design that characterizes itself based on positive interactions and reactions between humans and our living, surrounding environment.
When humans think ecologically, we are thinking about advancements in our lives that will have a quality of sustainability. William McDonough says that, “Design is the first signal of human intention,” and this is very true. As the dominant species, capable of sustaining or draining our enviornment, we can design everything but nature: and we do. We are the only species with these abilities to design and in this process there must be Ecological Thinking.
Ecological Thinking is strongly rooted in issues relating to the environment as nature and the environment as in surroundings, natural or man-made. It is a responsiveness as well as a responsibility to consider the modern environment and design to nourish the generations to come. Ecological Thinking means an understanding of the complex relationships and correlations between man and the made, and man and Mother Nature.
When design follows Ecological Thinking, the design will have a positive impact.
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- Mitchel Resnick. Thinking Like A Tree (And Other Forms of Ecological Thinking) Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003
- Lila Pine. What is Ecological Thinking? http://mpm17fall2009friday.wordpr ess.com/
- Keiny, Shoshana. Ecological Thinking: A New Approach to Educational Change. Maryland: University of America, 2002. Print.