Who’s Got Your Back?

Summer is flying by and we’ve got just a bit more time before MCAD’s Fall semester begins, but for some of us, the joy of teaching and learning never stops. Denise DeLuca, Director of MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program, recently returned from Kenya where she taught a course called BioEmpathy as part of the

Spiralling in Control

It is easy to feel as though the world is spiralling out of control, that we’re caught in a downward spiral of our own making. This downward spiral is, curiously, caused by positive feedback loops. A positive feedback loop is when the result of an action tends to drive more of the same action. Positive feedback

Your magic wand?

The students, faculty, and alumni of MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program had the opportunity to interview leading thinkers and do-ers in the world of sustainability that were invited to speak at SB18. Each interview revolved around six questions, which led to engaging and inspiring discussions.  Of these six, I felt that one of the most

Biophilia and Biophilic Design

You pause to smell the bouquet of flowers on the the table, even though you’re in a hurry.  You desperately want to pick up and hug the little puppy that is just learning to navigate the carpeting.  You feel joy as you dig your hands into the soil of your nascent garden. You can’t help

Science meets Storytelling

“The need for: ‘multi-disciplinary’, ‘communication’, ‘social science’ and ‘story-telling’” I was struck by the reoccurring mention of these terms while attending the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) annual conference  in Washington, D.C. NCSE is a conference of scientists (primarily earth & physical scientists) who do highly specialized research related to environment and

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