Ecological Urbanism App
The Ecological Urbanism app adapts content from the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s book of the same name for a tablet. Much more than an ebook, it’s an entirely new way of looking at the information interactively.
With the majority of the world’s population expected to live in cities by the year 2050, Ecological Urbanism addresses the expanding practice of sustainable design. A timely evolution of the book, this iPad app visualizes the growing body of discourse surrounding the design and management of cities.
By interpreting the content for a tablet experience, the app takes advantage of an interactive, non-linear experience and creates new opportunities for exploring the subject. An interactive map provides a way to search geographically and demonstrates where the hubs of innovative urbanism are unfolding. Users can also browse with a timeline, filterable by scale and keyword, providing another access point to the content.
Perhaps most importantly, with such a vibrant, growing community and collection, the entire collection is supported by a CMS and administrators can update the content as it becomes available.
Press & AwardsPixel Awards, Nominee, Education (mobile), November 2013Webvisionary Awards, Finalist, Apps for All, October 2013W³ Awards, Silver, Mobile Applications: Education, September 2013Core 77 Design Awards, Professional Notable, Interaction, June 2013
Besides being a beautifully designed app, we felt that a live and constantly growing body of research could be an immensely powerful tool for those working in the fields of ecological urbanism, it might become a template for documenting other fields of research.Favorite Website Awards, Mobile of the Day, May 2013Creativity International Awards, Gold, New Media/Web Design: Apps, Education, May 2013“Editor's Picks: The Cycle of Life,” Green Building & Design, May 2013
Ideas that work across an ocean could save American cities, yet even superheroes can't be everywhere at once. Unless, of course, they have this app from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the next logical iteration of its eponymous book series.SXSW Interactive Award, SXSW, Finalist, Educational Resource, January 2013"Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard's Ecological Urbanism iPad App," Inhabitat, December 2012
Think of the Ecological Urbanism app as an ebook on whole-grain, natural, organic steroids."iPad App Provides Guide To Building The Perfect Sustainable City," ArchDaily, December 2012
The app shows how dynamic areas of study can benefit greatly from equally dynamic texts. With the world moving so fast, books can’t keep up – thus technology allows books to remain updated and relevant to our lives."This iPad App Builds Better, More Sustainable Cities," GOOD, November 2012
As the interaction designers say in their video, it's easy to carry around—definitely much easier than the original paper version. That ease of use might mean more urban planners will use it as a reference, leading to better-informed, faster-evolving design."An iPad Guide To Building The Perfect Sustainable City," Co.Design, November 2012
Overall, the experience is one that brings the authority and curation of a book with the visual panache and intuitive navigation of a well-designed website--a sort of best-of-both-worlds proposition that’s always been the great promise of interactive books but remains elusive all the same."Sustainable Urban Design, Digitally Defined," Metropolis, November 2012
A new app by Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, called Ecological Urbanism, is the start of a deep dive into innovation research, with real prospects for finding urban sustainability treasure."Harvard’s New Ecological Urbanism App Offers A Glimpse Of Our Urban Future," Architizer, November 2012
The app, a collaboration between the school and Second Story Interactive Studios, stems from the GSD’s Ecological Urbanism conference and dovetails with the duo’s ongoing efforts to explore sustainability in our cities of the future...And the ever-evolving app allows designers and academics to add research and project updates as they happen. Pretty cool!
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- Lead Interaction Designer
- Chris Dewan
- User Experience Designer
- Norman Lau
- Junior Interacton Designer
- Marc Lehman
- Innovation Director
- Thomas Wester
- Director of Creative Development
- Bruce Wyman
- Web Technology Lead
- David Brewer
- Interactive Programmer
- Matthew Fargo
- Systems Developer
- Donald Richardson
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- Michael Pittman
- Content & Media Producer
- Michael Neault
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