Environmental Art and Design

The environmental crisis is a design crisis. It is a consequence of how things are made, buildings are constructed, and landscapes are used.

Sim van der Ryn and Stuart Cowan


For the first time in my lifetime, natural scientists are looking for help from humanists in knowing the world.

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing


This seminar aims to develop a research community to study contemporary art and design that addresses ecological and environmental challenges. The seminar discusses the environmental crisis as a crisis in how and by whom environments are designed, represented, and narrated. It asks how art and design might then promote knowledge of human and non-human ecologies, sustainability, and social responsibility, and engage otherwise neglected client bases and communities. Of particular concern is what contribution contemporary art and design might make to the recently-emerged environmental humanities, which study and promote ecologically-minded cultural production and which advocate a renewed importance for the humanities in relation to the biological, earth, and environmental sciences.

The Environmental Art and Design research seminar develops DIT’s contribution to the Irish Environmental History Network and, using the research networks of the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, will build research programmes and initiatives with national and international partners with an interest in the contribution of art and design to the environmental humanities.


Fridays, 2pm to 4pm, NA003 DIT Grangegorman.


For more information, please contact Dr Tim Stott,



Suggested reading


Christopher Alexander, The Oregon Experiment, 1975.

A. Braddock and C. Irmscher, A Keener Perception: Ecocritical Studies in American Art History, 2009.

Stuart Cowan and Sim van der Ryn, Ecological Design, 1996.

Jon Christensen, Ursula Heise, and Michelle Niemann, eds. The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, 2017.

T.J. Demos, ‘Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology’, Third Text 1, no. 120 (January 2013)
Katherine Gibson, Deborah Bird Rose, Ruth Fincher, eds. Manifesto for Living in the Anthropocene, 2015.

Richard Grusin, ed. The Nonhuman Turn, 2015.

Donna Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, 2016.

Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think: Towards an Anthropology Beyond the Human, 2013.

Jussi Parikka, The Anthrobscene, 2015.

John Durham Peters, The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media, 2015.

Bill McKibben, The End of Nature, 1989.

Timothy Morton, Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics, 2007.

James Nisbet, Ecologies, Environments, and Energy Systems in Art of the 1960s and 1970s, 2014.

Arthur Spector and Ken Yeang, eds. Green Design: From Theory to Practice, 2011.

Nancy Todd, From Eco-Cities to Living Machines: Principles of Ecological Design, 1994.

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins, 2015.

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