Artecology (ärt-ĭ-kŏl′ə-jē)

Cross discipline research & development to enhance biodiversity in the built environment



The air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat all rely on the existence of a healthy diversity of wildlife. These so called ecosystem services are crucial to the survival of all living things. Talking specifically about the current crisis in 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 collapsing biodiversity and for the last five years, Artecology has been creating solutions designed to enhance biodiversity and bring life sustaining wildlife to our built environments. Our team of experts started out as a science and art collaboration between ecological consultants Arc Consulting and arts collective Eccleston George. We formed Artecology in 2014 with the mission to bring biodiversity to engineered sea defenses through a project we called ‘Shelving the Coast’. After the success Shelving the Coast and the Vertipool system it gave rise to, we have set ourselves the task of designing, building and testing products and methods capable amplifying biodiversity so that they can be adopted and deployed in any village, town or city anywhere in the world. Today our collaborative approach to problem solving means we have expanded our cross discipline R&D work to include architects, engineers, scientists and even school children!

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 designs, methods and materials 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.