Lunchtime Talk | Daneen Cowling | Artecology: Using science & art to make urban spaces more habitable & engaging

We are a small company on the Isle of Wight, composed of artists and ecologists.  We are passionate about developing designs and techniques for biologically favourable built environments to make urban spaces more ecologically sustainable and more integrated with public interaction and engagement. Our projects have consisted of creating artificial rock pools, bio-armoured tiles, textured bee habitats and many more. Each product is uniquely sculpted with incorporated recycled materials, and each installation is accompanied by engagement activities for the public and schools. This innovative work is creating spaces that have new purposes and value to both the environment and the public. This talk is important to inform and enthuse others of the endless opportunities available for Artecology principles to be implemented for developers and for regeneration of public spaces. Not only this, Artecology presents significant research opportunities that have already been successful at Bournemouth and Glasgow University. Already a leader in so many fields, research from Exeter and support from its communities would contribute to the promising future Artecology is pioneering, as one of only a handful of companies globally who are developing commercial systems for constructed habitats, as retrofits, and as integral design specifications.