|A hundred years ago, Louis Sullivan proclaimed that "form follows function." Based on a deeper understanding of how our forms and fate are shaped by ecologically interconnected flows of energy, information, materials and resources, a better dictum for today might be "form follows flow."
Ecological design proposes a marriage of nature and technology, using ecology as the basis for design. The strategies of conservation, regeneration, and stewardship can be applied at all levels of scale to produce revolutionary forms of buildings, landscapes, communities, cities and applied technologies.
|The Ecological Design Institute and Van der Ryn Architects create innovative design solutions that link nature, culture and technology to reintegrate the needs of human society within the balance of nature.|
|We design places
is the foreground and
cannot be overpowered
by our temporary creations.
We use geometry not only
The building is not a fixed object
We use natural materials
Architecture is part of the process
Design should tell a story
Sim Van der Ryn
to lower environmental costs
and lift spirits
|At EDI, we believe that the natural world and the humanly designed world can be reintegrated by taking ecology as the basis for design. Working together with Founder Sim Van der Ryn, we are a multidisciplinary team of architects, designers, engineers, community planners and educators offering the following services: