Sustainable Community Design

Culture is beyond definition and limitation – a concept or a box. It is the living, evolving soul of the people.”

Theory, research, and practice are applied to invest in a new way of being via social, economic, and environmental design utilizing our local-global community resources: the arts, multimedia, ecopreneurship, science, and technology. The internal and external aspects of our environment are studied as a comprehensive approach to addressing the multi-layered issues that not only affect the planet’s ecosystems and resources; but, also social, cultural, and economic development; health and wellbeing; and our quality of life. Students engage in personal and community applied/participatory research, independent and group study, multiplicity learning projects, and green stewardship mobilizing socio-cultural resources for the restoration of the environment and their home communities.

The first and second year small group projects provide the opportunity to design and implement an unified, community ecosystem model. Students gain interdisciplinary experience that effectively develops interpersonal awareness as well as communication and leadership skills. The Conservatory’s quarterly e-magazine, (R)evolutions, shares the students’ transformative experiences as poignant and insightful literary, visual, and multimedia explorations.