Client: Designers And Forests
Location: Various, Utah, United States
Completion date: 2014
State University of New York
Beetle Kill and Aspen Die-Off is the inaugural project of the larger Designers and Forest collaborative. This design venture was prompted by the pine, spruce, and aspen that are stressed and endangered as a consequence of changing conditions in the Intermountain West.
The overall goal of this project is to help revitalize forests and foster healthier communities by taking a holistic view of both natural ecosystems and the design process. Specifically, this project links designers from Sweden and New York with foresters, activists, designers, artisans, and community members in Utah.
In the summer of 2013, members of Designers and Forests met in the forests of Utah to explore and experience the region and familiarize ourselves with the area’s problems dialogue that allows experts to share unique knowledge and perspectives across disciplines and borders with the intention of finding new ways of looking at the problems of stressed forests.