Eble presentation on ECOCITY projects

On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, Joachim Eble showcased some of his ECOCITY projects, demonstrating various sustainable elements that could apply to the University's UMore Park project.

He noted that bioclimatic design is like sailing, with the need to make many small adjustments to reach a destination. This means there are very few straight lines or right angles in many of these plans.

The quantity of relevant projects that he has completed was evident in his presentation, as the slides were packed with more information that there was time to cover.

Eble's response to a question about independent verification of sustainable design components underlined that he sees these projects as gateways for understanding alternate forms of planning. They are by no means the only solution, nor are they necessarily translatable to other communities. Each region has climatic and social characteristics and engagement with these individual elements are essential for respectful design.

Nominated to be the main respondent to Eble's presentation, Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture) posed several questions regarding social equity and ecologically-intentioned master programming. Demographics and social and political structures were underscored as key differences between the local UMore project and Eble's international projects.

Connections to local communities are a mainstay of his design process. Public design charrettes and comment sessions are ways to communicate with the residents. Through this process the locals often commit to more extreme design parameters, such as forbidding cars within the development area.

On Wednesday, Eble led a charrette in Rapson Hall, demonstrating his approach to interdisciplinary community workshops.