Artecology (ärt-ĭ-kŏl′ə-jē) – Mixed discipline ecology/art dealing with biological relationships between organisms & the built environment.
A world-class cross-discipline collaboration of ecologists, artists, scientists, engineers and architects developing constructed wildlife habitats within the built environment, Artecology is the innovative R&D department of ARC Biodiversity & Climate Ltd. Based in Sandown Bay in the Isle of Wight Biosphere reserve, we work with industry and research partners to create bio-receptive construction and landscape designs for marine, freshwater and land-based development… from city to sea! Artecology shapes green life-cycle solutions from new build, to retrofit and repair – using nature-based solutions, we can help you design-in net gain for wildlife and build natural capital in line with, and beyond, the changing recommendations and regulations outlined in the UK Government’s 25 Year Environmental Plan.
In addition to our R&D work, we have a range of product designs, accept commissioned projects, provide unparalleled ecological consultative advice and of course we can deliver training and talks.
Products include our artificial rockpools, the award-winning Vertipools) and bio-tiles for the marine environment, designed-in habitats, functional public green spaces and wildlife friendly urban landscapes. Our ongoing work to bring wildlife to urban spaces and places is being used today for climate-change adaptation, tackling coastal squeeze on defended coasts; as retrofit urban ecosystem enhancement; in master-planning design guidance for new developments; as a tool for stakeholder engagement, and increasingly, for rethinking public health strategy using our own ‘Habitats for Humans’ directive.
Shaping Better Places with Arc and Artecology
We combine the design and build of Artecology’s beautiful installations with ecologically functional planting schemes and habitat creation. By doing this we create hot spots of wildlife activity which provide life-cycle resources for birds, mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, fish and marine life, enriching the environment on every project or site for wildlife and people alike.
Artecology through Arc advises on national infrastructure projects and is part of the Integrated Green-Grey Infrastructure network. We are members of The Cluster for Sustainable Cities, initiators of Building Biodiversity in the Solent Hub administered by The Solent Forum, and part of the judging panel for the Construction Industry Research & Information Association’s Big Biodiversity Award.
Our palette of skills and knowledge is uniquely wide-angled, making us perfectly placed to offer you specialist advice on policy and practice in green-grey infrastructure, net gain, natural capital and built asset/community resilience, using tried and tested nature-based solutions.
It’s an exciting new world of biodiverse architecture.
For more information on our Artecology brand, visit http://www.artecology.space/