A Pattern Language for ecosystems.
Ecopatterns apply the
process to solving ecological and environmental problems in
waste management, water conservation, energy supply and use, etc.
Individual design patterns are linked to form a network of
solutions for green design and ecodesign.
A Partial Hierarchy of Parts for Ecosystems:
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Hierarchy of Parts
As described in
Anatomy of a Pattern Language
a pattern language consists of a hierarchy of parts linked
together by patterns which solve generic design problems.
An example of a part in the ecosystem is the part coastal zone.
The part coastal zone
combined with other zones make up the part region.
On the other hand, the part coastal zone can be decomposed into
such parts as harbor, spit, bay, estuary, lagoon, penninsula,
marsh, and beach.
Some Example Ecopatterns
For water conservation:
For waste management:
Feel free to copy our
to compose your own.
Comments in the HTML source code provide directions.
This work is based on the Ecopatterns
course, taught by
Gary Swift and Ken Asplund at the School of Design, California
Institute of the Arts, in 1973, where the pattern language was
applied to ecological design problems.