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Call for Participants for Hidden Frontiers!

Designers and Forests looks to the deciduous forest of the eastern United States for its second major project. Here we will explore the problems and opportunities with in rural New York and northern Pennsylvania forests—a frontier that once defined America and that is now hidden in history. Through a two week workshop, a diverse team will explore a variety of interconnected questions—How has the environment shaped the people who settled there? What can be done to increase ecological diversity? How can communities reverse two hundred year old traditions of abuse that have depleted forest ecosystems? Is a resurgence of creative art and design possible in these economically challenged communities? How can creativity and opportunity retain local talent? We will reflect on our experiences and be guided to informed, appropriate responses.

We invite designers, architects, foresters, ecologists, biologists, historians, artists, anthropologists, sociologists, builders, woodworkers—professionals and students who are interested in exploring the interface of the natural and human community and how each may effect the other—to apply to participate in a workshop on-sight in Western and Central New York, and Northern Pennsylvania in the summer of 2015.

From 19 July 2015 through 1 August 2015.
If applicant is accepted and paid in full before 1 June 2015, the total coast will be $995 After 1 June 2015, the cost of participation increases to $1250. Transportation is not included (We will pick participants up from Buffalo or Albany NY). Fee includes housing, materials, speakers and workshops, entry into parks and historic sites, and some meals.

To apply, please send:
1) A statement of interest—the format may be written or visual.
2) Three examples of your work—this should reflect your personal area of interest or research. Links to websites or published papers are acceptable.
3) Two references that may be contacted.
Send applications to: apply@designersandforests.us.

Applications for this session are accepted until 3 July 2015.

Collaborators Wanted!

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