Contemporary art/design/architecture that incorporates, expresses, or is inspired by ecological knowledge.
CRITIQUE Project objectives:
1. Identify contemporary art/design/architecture that incorporates, expresses, or is
inspired by ecological knowledge.
You may choose to critique the work of a particular person (multiple works will give more context to
his/her work); you may also choose a group of people making related work.
The works you critique need not be in the same medium, but you should make clear how diverse
works are related to each other.
If you have any question as to whether the work you are selecting is appropriate, please discuss your
plans with your instructor.
Provide an accurate description of the work.
2. Discuss the specific ecological concepts that relate to your chosen work.
Identify the major ecological concepts that are incorporated into the work(s).
Provide some background by describing relevant ecological understandings. Make sure to describe
how this scientific knowledge was accumulated and how controversial this area of ecology remains.
To receive full credit, you must cite at least THREE SOURCES OF RELEVANT DATA. These sources
could be papers from the primary literature, books, reports from reputable agencies/organizations, or
online summaries of data posted on reputable sites. Please contact your instructor if you are unsure
about the validity of data you have uncovered, particularly if it comes from the web.
SCI-177: Ecology, Final Project Guidelines, page 1 of 2
3. Critique the work in terms of the effectiveness of its incorporation of ecological
concepts and the validity of its scientific claims.
How well does each work you are considering express ecological concepts?
Is the understanding depicted in each work consistent with accepted scientific understandings?
What new directions in this area of creative pursuit might be aided by additional ecological
CRITIQUE paper format:
Please present your work in type-written, double-spaced format.
Produce at least four (4) and no more than seven (7) pages of double-space text.
Provide an appendix (does not count towards page minimum or maximum) that either presents
images of the work you are critiquing or directs your instructor to relevant websites or other
accessible media that show the work.
Reference all ideas that are not your own using a numbered bibliography. Both superscripts1 and
bracketed citations  are acceptable, but use a consistent format.
Please use a standard bibliographical format and use it consistently.
Please be careful about web citations. Much of what is published on the web is unreliable. It is up to
you to assess the validity of all your sources.
Internet references should be cited with a page title, a full URL address, and the date accessed. For
example: Ecology for Architects Main Page, index.html Accessed 5-Feb-2007.