The Society for Urban Ecology (SURE)
2nd Annual International Symposium on Ecological Wisdom 17 – 20 November 2016 in Austin, Texas

2nd Annual International Symposium on Ecological Wisdom 17 – 20 November 2016 in Austin, Texas

Events 2016

Venue: The School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin

Subject: Ecological Wisdom Inspired Urban Resilience: Building Strategies, Tenets, and Practice.

Organizer: collaboration between UT Austin, Tongji University (Shanghai), East China Normal University, (Shanghai), and the International Society for Ecological Wisdom

ContactDr. Robert Young, University of Texas at Austin

The conference brought together over forty presenters—the best and brightest minds in the field of ecological wisdom. Fritz Steiner, former dean of UT Austin’s School of Architecture, now dean of PennDesign, will provide the keynote address. The three-day event included speakers from around the globe, and concluded with a field trip to a still-operating irrigation complex from the early 1700s, as well as a retooled section of the irrigation system that became the “Riverwalk” in downtown San Antonio.


An interdisciplinary field of study, ecology wisdom caters to engineers, architects and landscape architects, planners, historic preservationists, and designers, among other practitioners. The November symposium is targeted to academics and professionals in those fields, and to laypersons with an interest in ecological wisdom.


  • Ecological wisdom knowledge domain and manifestation
  • Relationships between ecological wisdom and contemporary science and technology
  • Exemplary cases and revelations from trans-cultural and transdisciplinary traditions
  • Theoretical frameworks of ecological wisdom research and practice
  • Theoretical core of ecological wisdom and research methods (e.g., the nexus of ecological theoretical wisdom—ecosophy and ecological practical wisdom—ecophronesis)
  • General principles of ecological wisdom and its application in contemporary landscape planning, design, and management
  • Social-learning in ecological wisdom acquisition and ecophronesis


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