Founded in 1973, the Institute of Ecotechnics (I.E.) develops and applies innovative approaches to harmonizing technology and the global biosphere. Integrating two complementary fields of study, the ‘ecology of technics’ and the ‘technics of ecology’, the Institute of Ecotechnics convenes international conferences and workshops that bring together leading thinkers, scientists, explorers, managers, and artists.
The Institute of Ecotechnics develops models to work with complex dynamics of biospherics, technics, and cultures. Consultancy activities have included scientific co-ordination of the ground-breaking Biosphere 2 project, the restoration of an over-grazed cattle and horse ranch in the tropical savannah of northwest Australia, and the setting-up of wastewater recycling systems in desert, tropics, and savannah biomes worldwide.
As the brains behind the Biosphere 2 project in Oracle, Arizona, I.E. developed radical new ecosystem management approaches and organized a series of international conferences and project workshops on the study of biospherics to develop the scientific and engineering teams for the design of the famous closed ecological system facility.
I.E. also consults with a range of innovative projects including: a rainforest reforestation project in Puerto Rico; an ocean-going Chinese junk research vessel; an organic farm, orchard, and land restoration project in the high desert of New Mexico; and an art gallery in London’s Bloomsbury district exhibiting contemporary artists from around the world.
As Buckminster Fuller noted, ‘Spaceship Earth’ did not come with an instruction manual– in order to truly understand the complex and dynamic nature of evolving life on this planet, as well as the role of human creativity within that matrix, we must explore the unknown, wild frontiers of knowledge, and we must do so with rigorous intellect.