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Ecological Design Collaboratory

Calendar of Events

As the year unfolds, there will be many opportunities for the UVM-Burlington community to engage with the Ecological Design Collaboratory through a variety of workshops, presentations, and design competitions. The calendar is evolving and emerging, so check back regularly for details and updates!

Fall 2014:

Friday Talks and Community Design Charrette

The Ecological Design Collaboratory and Vermont Design Institute have organized three events at SEABA during the month of November.


South End Arts and Business Association (SEABA)
404 Pine Street, Burlington, VT
For more information, please contact SEABA at 802-859-9222

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 (5-8pm) Opening reception for:

The Third Landscape Art Exhibit
Third Landscape is “a refuge for diversity comprising leftover and transitional spaces, underdeveloped spaces, and spaces set aside by administrative decree. It constitutes an undetermined fragment of the Planetary Garden,” from Manifeste du Tiers Paysage by Gilles Clement.

Participating artists and designers:
Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees, Cristina Pellechio, Annemie Curlin, Alyssa Oxley, Janet Fredericks, John Anderson, Diane Gayer, Peter Fried, Jane Ann Kantor, Patricia Johanson, Ken Mills.

LIVING PLACE Ecological Design Competition
This place-based design competition was focused on creating innovative and buildable solutions to the dynamic intersection of water, food, and people. This is an exhibit of the competition panels from February 2014 including the winners and examples from all three sites—Burlington High School, a corner of the Burlington Waterfront, and an inner courtyard at University Heights South (residence hall), University of Vermont.

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 (5-8pm)

Place-based Ecological Literacy and Design
Presentation by UVM Naturalist Walter Poleman

Pine Street Corridor and Watershed Design Charrette
This two-day workshop builds from the “Pine Street and Beyond: Living Spaces, Working Places” March 2001 Charrette, and uses a Sim Van der Ryn quote to set the stage for this next iteration “Ecological design begins with the intimate knowledge of a particular place. Therefore, it is small-scale and direct, responsive to both local conditions and local people. If we are sensitive to the nuances of place, we can inhabit without destroying.”

This is OPEN to all, but please REGISTER for the weekend Design Charrette by contacting Diane Gayer: or 802-355-2150

Friday, Nov 21, 2014 (5-8pm)
Ecological Design In the Urban Environment: Recent Projects talk by Biologist Dr. John Todd of Ocean Arks International. ;

Announcing the Winners of the LivingPlace Design Competition!

With over 200 participants and 52 entries submitted to the LivingPlace Design Competition, the top three finalists were announced at the showcase event at Main Street Landing on February 22nd! Click here to see the LivingPlace Design competition winning submissions.

Read more about the background and conceptual design of the competition in this recent article published by University of Vermont: "Students Create International Design Competition, Rebrand a Learning Community."

Summer 2014

  • Offering of a three-credit course utilizing the outdoor courtyard workshop to build greenhouses from recycled materials for local organizations

Spring 2014

  • Second round of NR 16: Ecological Citizenship courses offered to students at GreenHouse RLC
  • Offering of a three-credit course featuring the forest-to-furniture design-build process
  • Culmination of the community design competition

February 2014

January 2014

Fall 2013

  • First round of NR 16: Ecological Citizenship course modules offered to students at GreenHouse RLC
  • Field trips to Shelburne Farms to source local building materials.
  • Tuesday, November 19th, 6:00pm-8:00pm: Official Opening of the EDC at GreenHouse
    • Guest Speakers: Felix Wai - Socially Engaged Ecological Design and Scott Carlson - Skills-Based Learning in Higher Education
    • Launch of the Living Place Design Competition: Creating a Community Crossroads for Ecological Design by students in the Catalyzing Ecological Design course at UVM.
    • Tour of the Ecological Design Collaboratory Workshop in located at GreenHouse RLC Room 9.
    • Art Walk and hors d'oeuvres with prints on display from Davis Te Selle and students from Susan Bray's Environmental Art course.
    • Open Space for collaborating with local designers, high schools, university staff and students.
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