What Is Ecological Design?
For many, it means breaking bad habits as much as it means acquiring new ones. This is also why a philosophical shift needs to take place; sustainable design requires a whole new approach to what it means to be a designer. This is an essential distinction to make because in the early development of this idea, people merely viewed sustainable design as an aesthetic undertaking, which it most definitely is not. “Sustainable design is an approach to design and not an aesthetic exercise and thus it can never go out of style or be discussed as a fad, as some critics have described it” (McLennan 2004:5). This is similar to Jedlicka’s idea of adopting a holistic, or systems view, rather than a linear view of design. When dealing with nature, it would be wise to apply organic solutions. “Rather than seeing design problems as something to be divided into the smallest bits, the systems view sees them as opportunities for interconnecting the world back together” (Jedlicka 2010:146-147). That is to say, as a philosophical approach it can encompass any form of design, really it can extend to any project within the design category – from graphic design to fashion design to architecture. As sustainable design continues to develop its own concepts and principles, it will begin to migrate from the outer periphery to the inner workings of design, and integrate into every element of the design