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Ecological Design: Inventing the Future

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This program illuminates the emergence of ecological design, and the integration of nature, technology and humanity in the 20th century. Featured are the ideas and prototypes of pioneering designers in the development of sustainable architecture, cities, energy systems, transport and industry.

Beginning in the 1920’s with the work of R. Buckminster Fuller, moving through the 1960’s and ending on the doorstep of the 21st century, this film follows the evolution of ecological design from the visions of a few independent thinkers to the powerful movement of today.

As each designer leads us on a deep exploration of their design process, they reveal their methods, metaphors, inspirations and commitment to a vision of a desirable future. Their prototypes range from micro-organism to mega-structure, but amidst the diversity, some common themes arise:

Designing with Nature
Regenerative Design
Creating New Forms of Wealth
The Biosphere and Technosphere

Excellent for secondary and post secondary education, this program offers vision and hope for the future.

View a printer friendly version of this page...Awards:Gold Plaque Award, Chicago International Film Festival Copyright Date: 1994 Length: 64 minutes Library Audience:
  • Young Adult
  • Family
  • General Interest
  • School Audience:
  • Junior High (7-9)
  • Secondary (10-12)
  • Univ./College
  • Adult Ed.
  • Subjects: Arts General; Design Studies; Social and Political Issues; Technology Studies Formats Available:
  • VHS Tape
  • DVD