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Introduction to Ecological Design

Creighton Hofeditz • Last updated 04/2022

4.8/5 (view ratings)
48 students
2 modules
33 minutes
6 assignments

Course description

Understanding Whole Systems Solutions in an Interconnected World

Designing with natural patterns and principles in mind can help us to make better, healthier choices for ourselves and the world around us. Within an ecological design framework, we ask ourselves, “what could it truly mean to build a world that is more harmonious with nature? How could all life be improved when decisions look at whole systems as opposed to acting as though everything is disconnected and independent of each other?"

This introductory course is a high-level overview to the practices and tools of ecological design.

Students will learn about some of the important terminology and pathways to integrating this powerful approach into their life and work. It is important to note that this framework can be applied to everything that we do, and you don't need to consider yourself an ecologist nor a designer to engage in this approach.

Follow-up resources and a discussion board offer ways to continue engaging with the ideas and chart a course to further mastery.

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Ecological Design Concepts and Principles

Overview and introduction to ecological design concepts.

  • Video Presentation (33:08 minutes)
Module 2 - Next Steps and Resources

  • Presentation Slides (.pdf)
  • Follow-Up Reading (.pdf)
  • Questions and Areas of Inquiry


Creighton Hofeditz

Creighton grew up in the foothills outside of Denver and studied theater in college before later switching paths with a course at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in 2011. Since then he has designed and implemented home landscapes, public projects, four-season greenhouses, two school curriculums, and is a contributing author on the book The Forest... Learn more


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48 students have taken this course

by Karl Kuester 07/05/2022

Great introduction

by Frederic W 02/23/2023

by arthur m 02/09/2023

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