AJLC was conceived as an integrated building landscape system that would function as a core component of Oberlin’s Environmental studies curriculum.

We intend the AJLC to be more than just a demonstration. It is a part of the larger education of the Oberlin community aimed to promote the practical skills and analytic abilities necessary to reweave the human presence in the world.

With over 150 environmental sensors installed throughout the building and landscape, the AJLC’s data monitoring and display system provides a unique opportunity to visualize in real-time the flows of energy and cycling of matter that are necessary to support the built environment.

The AJLC was conceived as a demonstration project, testing ground, educational venue, and catalyst for the emerging field of ecological design. It was designed to be a building that would teach, providing endless research opportunities for students and faculty in multiple disciplines.