Printed coloring book

Coloring impact, disrupting mining industry influence on Canadian education curricula

March 6, 2024

Canada is notorious for its scenic old-growth forests, mouthwatering maple syrup, fervent enthusiasm for ice hockey and notably amiable people. But Canada also boasts a lesser-known aspect that is just as deeply ingrained in its culture and history: its expansive and extractive mining industry. “What it Takes: an all-ages colouring book” is designed to disrupt the grip that Canada’s mining industry has on culture and education.

Dylan Dybedahl-West

Farewell, Congratulations, Dylan Dybedahl-West

Feb. 9, 2024

Congratulations to Dylan Dybedahl-West! He has accepted a new position on campus as the Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Enrollment Management.

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Jan. 17, 2024

We’ve rounded the corner to another new year and should be reminded that time is possibility and that the cyclicality of beginning and ending is deeply attached to perception and cultural norms. All of these tools give us space to build our own approach to that which is new, taking into account what has passed, what might come, and what our observations, perceptions, and expectations tell us. So how do we harness the idea of transition as a framework?

2023 Open House

For the win: A semester worth celebrating

Dec. 19, 2023

At the end of each fall semester, Environmental Design (ENVD) hosts a building-wide exhibition of design and research produced by students and faculty.

Green is the New Asphalt: Landscape Architecture Students Redesign Green Schoolyards in Fall Studio

Green is the New Asphalt: Landscape Architecture Students Redesign Green Schoolyards in Fall Studio

Dec. 15, 2023

Sticky metal playgrounds and hot asphalt. Bare patches of dirt on browning soccer fields. Limited shade with no space for solitude and quiet. A small cluster of trees - sometimes. This is what tends to come to mind when we think about a typical schoolyard. Soon, however, six Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) schoolyards may receive a green makeover.

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Dec. 15, 2023

As you explore your approach to ending and build a toolkit that supports that outcome energetically, consider what it might take to find, as Neil Gaiman says, “somewhere to rest, to stop reading, and to be content,” and take some time to explore the tools below to challenge and build your relationship with your reason for getting things done.

Jeremy Ehly, Stacey Schulte, Thomas Hoffmann, and Nancy Blackwood at the Alumni Awards Ceremony.

2023 ENVD Alumni Recognition Events

Dec. 14, 2023

The Program in Environmental Design (ENVD) is proud to celebrate its design community by recognizing individuals who have demonstrated leadership and made significant contributions to the design and architectural professions and their communities.

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Dec. 1, 2023

Fear is many things--a manifestation of anxieties and social pressures, a desire to avoid discomfort, an evolutionary predisposition to protect the reptilian self—and its stigma, the sometimes-delimiting factor to its efficacy. Candidly, fear is simply information, albeit information meant to drive our decision-making to achieve an almost always singular outcome: safety. So how can we reengineer this discomfort as a powerful ally?

EPOP Shop 2023

EPOP Shop: Student designed, sustainably built

Nov. 21, 2023

Earlier this month, students from the third-year intermediate environmental product design studio set up the EPOP shop at the Firefly Handmade Holiday Market in Downtown Boulder.

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Nov. 20, 2023

We experience misalignment when our expectations do not match real-time conditions. The biproducts of misalignment—frustration, disappointment, self-doubt, dissatisfaction—cause productivity lapses, interpersonal friction, and burnout. And yet, we are often unaware when we are misaligned. Choosing awareness creates opportunities to design strategies that support better outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. So how do we get there?