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SBSE Retreat 2002
Ecological Literacy: Greening the Architectural Curriculum
Sorensen's Resort in Hope Valley, CA (near South Lake Tahoe)
Tuesday, June 11 - Friday, June 14
Toolday 2002: Friday, June 14 & Saturday, June 15

Entry sign at Sorensen's ResortThe 2002 SBSE Retreat will explore the role of ecological literacy in architectural education. What is ecological literacy? What does an architect need to know to create environmentally appropriate designs? How should ecological literacy be taught in schools of architecture?

The aim of the retreat is to address the broad issue of what ecological literacy is and how it can be integrated into architectural education, as well as to generate models for altering and improving current curriculum. An opening discussion will cover the more theoretical questions of ecological literacy while working sessions will be organized to provide participatory and critical reviews of existing and proposed models for greening the architectural curriculum.

We are seeking proposals (due March 1) from faculty or students for the retreat for the following components:

1. Prospects for Ecological Design Education
We are looking for two or three insightful essays on ecological design education that can frame our discussion and developmental work during the retreat.
2. Greening Your Curriculum
We are seeking three or four curricular approaches, or specific courses, to be the focus of critique and redesign by retreat participants.
3. Elegant Parts
We are requesting four or five effective and engaging tools or class exercises, those that work particularly well at fostering ecoliteracy, for a session on teaching methodologies.

For more information about retreat content, contact either Sandra Mallory or Mark Dekay. For retreat logistics and planning issues, contact Robert Marcial.


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