Joining the network this week will be students from the California College of the Arts, here to share their story and process as collaborators in a unique design challenge: to design, build and deploy nest modules for breeding Rhinoceros Auklets on Año Nuevo Island.
The design criteria is extensive and nuanced, but the basics include:
The Design Ecology course, instructed by CCA's Head of Ceramics, Nathan Lynch, and Rebar's Matthew Passmore, offers a unique, hands-on opportunity for students from many creative disciplines to contribute an applied design solution that will help fulfill Oikonos' mission to rebuild seabird habitat on Año Nuevo Island.
While primarily a design studio anchored in the Ceramics Department, the course also encourages consideration of the following questions:
By examining these questions in the context of an ongoing restoration ecology project, we hope to generate experience and perspectives that will further dialogue and collaboration between artists and scientists, and in this case, to produce successful, creative solutions to a particular habitat restoration challenge.