We conceive novel ecological systems for the ultra urban environment.
Dr. Reid Coffman, Director of NEDlab, CAED Kent State
The mission of NEDlab (Novel Ecology Design lab) in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University is to conceive, develop and innovate novel ecological design systems for the ultra-urban environment. Through processes of conceptualization, visualization, experimentation, implementation and assessment, students and faculty transfer ecological concepts, processes and theories into the built environment.
At NEDlab, students and faculty work in two temporal scales:
> Near-term trajectories where we engage in pursuits that transform contemporary infrastructure into more ecologically responsible infrastructure, such as creating new forms of green infrastructure, green roofs, etc.
> Distant trajectories where we engage in futuristic conceptualizations of alternative infrastructures that are based on ecological concepts, theories, or models, such as envisioning cities without roads, etc.
NEDlab explores two conceptual areas:
> Ecosystem services where contrived ecosystems can be structured to deliver ecosystem benefits.
> Human affiliation where humans benefit from the proximity and association they have with vegetation, or other living organisms or processes, in daily or routine experiences.
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