Artecology (ärt-ĭ-kŏl′ə-jē)

Mixed discipline ecology/art working to enhance biodiversity in the built environment.



The air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat all rely on biodiversity, but right now it is in crisis. Talking specifically about biodiversity loss, the recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report states ‘Pressures on biodiversity are occurring independent of climate change. The most significant processes are habitat loss and fragmentation.’

In response to the emerging biodiversity crisis and for the last five years, Artecology has been creating solutions designed to bring biodiversity to our built environment. Our team of experts started out as a science and art collaboration between ecological consultants Arc Consulting and arts collective Eccleston George. We formed in 2014 with the mission to bring biodiversity to engineered sea defenses through a project we called ‘Shelving the Coast’. After the success of StC and the ‘Vertipool’ system it gave rise to we have set ourselves the task of creating a series of ‘Biodiversity Amplifiers’ that can be deployed in any village, town or city anywhere in the world. Using science and art we are busy creating beautiful designed objects and ornament which speak to wildlife and people equally.

Artecology projects have won UK Big Biodiversity Challenge Awards in 2016 and 2018, with a Special Commendation in 2017.

Working with UK universities, Artecology is now creating systems for bioactive building and development: new construction and landscaping materials and designs that deliver enriched environments for wildlife and people alike.

Artecology is collaborating with leading researchers and industry to develop policy and practice in green-grey infrastructure and asset resilience, bringing forward successful solutions for built environments.

Artecology is now being used for climate-change adaptation, tackling coastal squeeze on defended coasts; as retrofit urban ecosystem enhancement; in masterplanning design guidance for new developments and as a tool for stakeholder engagement.

Artecology is engaging community, business, schools and the public with their local environments, working together to shape better places.