Social responsibility should be at the forefront of every designerâ€™s practice, as their designs impact raw material use, land development, and the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants.
This course will discuss one natural resource that is facing a significant threat from exploitation and development: the global forest ecosystem.
We will discuss how building product manufacturers can offer material alternatives that do not further dwindle the worldâ€™s endangered wood species. We will also dive deep into a collaborative project between an engineered surfaces company, Interlochen Arts Academy, and visiting artists to return a pine plantation forest to its native state while studying ecology, creating art, and educating a future generation of artists.
- Identify the importance of corporate social responsibility and emerging best practices to educate the next generation of architects, designers, and visual artists.
- Understand the role forests play in the balance of a healthy eco-system and how that relates to specifying durable, eco-friendly products for the built environment.
- Explore a collaborative project between an engineered surfaces company, Interlochen Arts Academy, and visiting artists to return a pine plantation forest to its native state while studying ecology and creating art.
- Examine how using alternative design materials can replace endangered wood species while reinforcing on-trend spaces.
Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of raw material usage as it relates to the health, safety and welfare of building occupants; Basic knowledge of endangered wood species.