131-0005-00L  Modul 5: Design as Nature

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersT. Luthe, to be announced
Periodicitytwo-yearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


131-0005-00 GModul 5: Design as Nature18s hrsT. Luthe, to be announced

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AbstractThe learning module on "Design as Nature" explores the disconnect between Western cultures and nature. The module emphasizes the need to relearn and cultivate a closer connection with nature. It introduces the concept of "Design as Nature" as a transitional step towards a deeper understanding of nature, its design language, and patterns.
ObjectiveThe critical learning goals center around biodiversity, deep ecology, and our intrinsic connection to nature. The module emphasizes understanding and appreciating the vital role of biodiversity in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Participants delve into the concept of deep ecology, fostering a profound recognition of the interconnectedness between humanity and the natural world.

A pivotal aspect of the learning experience involves embracing the notion that humans are not separate from nature but an integral part of it. This realization forms a foundational understanding that guides the exploration of sustainable practices.

The module introduces biomimicry as a practical approach, encouraging participants to learn from and emulate nature's design principles. By doing so, they gain insights into creating sustainable solutions that align with the regenerative patterns observed in the natural world.

Bio-infused communication emerges as a significant aspect, urging participants to explore ways of interacting with the environment inspired by nature. This approach fosters a harmonious relationship with the ecosystems we inhabit.

Finally, the module delves into the realm of nature finance, where economic mechanisms are derived from nature's principles. The goal is to inspire a redesign of financial systems, aligning them with regenerative and sustainable practices. Combining these learning goals, the "Design as Nature" module provides a comprehensive framework for reconnecting with nature, understanding its design language, and actively contributing to a more sustainable and harmonious coexistence.
ContentThe "Design as Nature" module unfolds through several key subchapters, each addressing crucial aspects of the relationship between humanity and the natural world.

Beginning with a focus on biodiversity, the module underscores the vital role of diverse life forms in maintaining ecosystem health. It encourages participants to appreciate the intricate interdependence within natural environments.

"Design for Biodiversity" delves into the impact of human designs on biodiversity, urging the development of solutions that actively support and enhance the richness of life rather than compromise it.

The concept of Deep Ecology - connecting with nature is introduced to cultivate a heightened sense of connection and reverence for the environment. Participants are prompted to reflect on their relationship with nature, fostering a holistic perspective.

Moving into the realm of nature-based design, the module explores the principles of biomimicry. Participants are inspired to learn from nature's design to create sustainable and regenerative solutions, with real-world examples highlighting the positive impact of such approaches.

Bio-infused relation building shifts the focus to communication and interaction with the environment. Participants are encouraged to build relationships with nature that are respectful and sustainable and contribute to overall ecological harmony.

Lastly, the module investigates regenerative economics, exploring economic mechanisms derived from nature. The goal is to redesign financial systems in a way that aligns with sustainable practices and contributes positively to the regeneration of ecosystems.
Lecture notesSee Module 1.5 in MOOC#1 Worldviews - From Sustainability to Regeneration: Link
LiteratureSee Module 1.5 in MOOC#1 Worldviews - From Sustainability to Regeneration: Link
Prerequisites / NoticeMOOC#1 Worldviews - From Sustainability to Regeneration is a pathway to CAS#1 Sustainability to Regeneration. To be accepted into the CAS, applicants must have completed the respective MOOC by the time the CAS starts. The content from the MOOC will be supplemented in the CAS by live virtual events with experts from all over the world. In addition, after the first virtual introductory introductory week, a real design excursion to the MonViso Design excursion to the MonViso Institute in Italy. This trip is obligatory.

The final delivery of the CAS should demonstrate the scientific base of our work in evidence-based writing with a foundation in the peer-reviewed literature and graphical, visual, systems-mapping, and spatial ways of designerly expressions. As the main deliverable, participants must submit a framed graphical Quest synthesis process map consisting of two main parts: a graphical synthesis map (pdf format) and a framing text bracket that motivates, introduces, explains, discusses, and concludes the synthesis map.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesfostered
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersT. Luthe
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

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Primary target groupCAS ETH Reg. Syst.: Sustainability to Regeneration (131000)

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