Building Community Resilience from the Ground Up
August 5-9, 2019
Faculty: Shelly Pottorf
Regeneration is the process by which potential is moved into existence. Life is regenerative by nature, always moving towards higher degrees of order, complexity, and diversity. Regenerative design therefore focuses on building the capacity of a system to first realize and then actualize its inherent potential. Yet, it is as much about developing the regenerative capability and potential of oneself and one’s team as it is about developing those qualities in projects and communities. Health and well-being are a process of reaching ever greater potential in dynamic balance with the greater whole. In other words, it is a state in which self-actualization is tied to system-actualization. The nestedness of living systems- organ, human, family, community, ecosystem, planet- is such that health and well-being are interdependent across all scales. If humans are to be agents of our own evolution, and enablers of the evolution we seek in the world, we must catalyze the field of potential in a co-creative, regenerative way. The purpose of this course is to offer a set of core premises and principles to engage in regenerative design through immersion into a real world project for Sterling College and its greater community of Craftsbury Common.
Level: 200 / Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisites: A will to co-create for the health and well-being of communities.
Tuition & Fees: $900 covers the cost of the class, most course materials, and daily meals from our top-ranked Sterling Kitchen. Accommodations are not included in course pricing.
Housing Availability & Fees: On-campus housing is available for an additional fee of $60/night with a private bathroom and $50/night with shared bathrooms. Please note that Sterling College offers rustic/vintage/farmhouse style accommodations that are clean and safe but not luxurious. Availability is limited and room requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you prefer to stay off-campus please see our accommodations page for local recommendations.
Shelly Pottorf, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C is a practicing architect and the Principal of Architend, a firm committed to catalyzing a living future through architecture, community design, and sustainable consulting. She has further served as an Assistant Professor in the Prairie View A&M University School of Architecture, where she designed and directed the Minor in Sustainable Design. Her research centers around place-based regenerative development and net zero design, utilizing fourth year undergraduate design studio and supporting courses to conduct Public Interest Design for a low-income, historically black community in Houston, Texas. Projects developed in this studio have won the Department of Energy Race to Zero Competition as well as numerous local, state and national design awards including most recently an AIA COTE Top 10 Student Design Award. Shelly has presented this work at the International Forum on Urbanism, North American Passive House Conference, and Living Future unConference.