The workshop seeks to cultivate a greater understanding and appreciation of the complex interrelatedness of natural and cultural systems through intense on-site immersion. Cross-cultural, place-based learning enriches the study of environments by engaging with the historical and lived experience of communities in relation to surrounding bioregions and watersheds.
This course uses observation, experimentation, data collection, drawing, photography, visualization, historical records and exchanges with local communities to address the transformation of landscapes at local, regional and global scales.
Participants and faculty are invited to participate in daily seminars and develop their own research agenda within the framework set by the program team. Participants will synthesize their observations and experience through the use of media and writing. Final presentations and projects can take different forms.
Projects may entail recording and monitoring local conditions, analyzing ecosystemic changes, exploring the restoration of physical and environmental spaces associated with the workshop and establishing partnerships with local actors. Workshop outcomes will be made available to a broader audience on this website.