Connor Budd

Towards a biophilic and bio-collaborative sensibility…

GREENSINGING is a propositional framework of practice for establishing reciprocal and continuous relationships with the natural world.  Ultimately, GREENSINGING seeks to effect a biophilic and bio-collaborative sensibility, not only as a design methodology but as principles and practices which may be adopted by anybody wishing to grow more empathetic relationships with natural systems.

It is a response to ecological grief and a resulting disillusionment with design practice.  It draws in new values for a world in crisis; a deep love of land, a focus on the local, and a return to ancient and innate ways of existing and thinking.  

This framework engages participants in guided field activities, provoking reflections upon relationships to the non-human natural, and directing them towards a biophilic and bio-collaborative mindset.

Through participants’ engagement with these activities, GREENSINGING has been tested, generating artifacts and manifestations of the process. 

The culmination of the GREENSINGING project is a three-volume series of writings that document the framework and its outcomes, and deeply reflect upon the successes and failures of the framework as it exists now, its relevance to design (and creative practice in general), and how it might be improved and advanced in the future.

To read these volumes in a PDF format, please click here.

Honourable Mention

  • DESIS Radical Sustainability Award

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Connor Budd is attempting to move both his personal design practice and the discipline at large away from the industrial and towards something older, slower and more thoughtful. Shaped by his upbringing in the forests of Salt Spring Island, BC, biocentrism underpins his work, and he focuses on fostering and emphasizing locality, natural materials and processes, and the use and preservation of ancient techniques and tools. In response to an increasingly selfish, destructive and excessive society, he has recently turned to exploring new design philosophy that operates in service of the natural world, ritualizing and spiritualizing design process and outputs, and questioning design sufficiency, necessity and permanence.
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