STUDIO FOR ORGANIZATIONAL FUTURES

STUDIO FOR ORGANIZATIONAL FUTURES

CASE STUDY

CASE STUDY

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

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Preserving the night skies of Acadia National Park for the protection of the natural environment and the enjoyment of night sky enthusiasts.

Preserving the night skies of Acadia National Park for the protection of the natural environment and the enjoyment of night sky enthusiasts.

ORIGINAL BRIEF 

Create a policy solution to further night-sky preservation in and around Acadia National Park; position Acadia to achieve international recognition as an International Dark-Sky Park.

Create a policy solution to further night-sky preservation in and around Acadia National Park; position Acadia to achieve international recognition as an International Dark-Sky Park.

BACKGROUND

Night sky preservation serves a vital role in preserving the balance of circadian rhythms of ecosystems. With greater urbanization, light pollution threatens the health of environments by confusing, disrupting, and harming the natural cycles of both wildlife and plants. Furthermore, with less access to natural darkness in urban settings, the field of astro-tourism, tourism devoted to enjoying the night sky, is expanding and locations, national parks included, seek to capitalize on this market opportunity.

Acadia National Park is considered one of the nation’s preeminent national parks for night sky preservation and astro- tourism, especially on the eastern seaboard. Having engaged in significant night sky preservation efforts prior to the collaboration, Acadia was looking to further protect its night skies, but was struggling to motivate further action from the surrounding community.

Acadia desired a policy output and decided to partner with a member of Studio Of. The Studio Of member developed a policy recommendation that called for the formation of a stakeholder partnership responsible for spearheading initiatives to include lighting audits (measure businesses and citizen homes' nighttime light levels free-of-charge) and community outreach and education programs for night-sky preservation. This partnership was the combination of various disparate and disorganized groups outside park management and had specific timelines and deliverables for progress towards night-sky preservation and Dark Sky Park designation status.

However, because the output of the project was limited from the outset to only a policy context, Acadia missed the opportunity for a systemic organizational transformation and lasting night-sky preservation well beyond the scope of this policy collaboration with the member of Studio Of.

STUDIO OF APPROACH

Had Studio Of tackled the project with Acadia without a predetermined and established expectation for an exclusively policy- geared solution, a more effective and holistic Acadia transformation could have been achieved. Studio Of would blend design and policy throughout the project lifestyle forming partnerships and collaborations while creating the tools for these partnerships to be successful in generating night-sky preservation.

MILESTONE 1: VISIONING

Studio Of would perform extensive outreach to stakeholders while gathering the relevant background regarding night-sky preservation. In Milestone 1, Studio Of would comparatively frame the context of the project in terms of the micro and macro challenges while simultaneously looking for opportunities by applying design and policy principles to these challenges.

MILESTONE 2: STRATEGY

Following the in-depth contextual analysis of Milestone 1, Studio Of would still recommend the formation of the partnership as mentioned above. However, without the incorporation of the design element within the policy suggestions, the partnership was created as a conglomeration of stakeholders without a common element of identity, thus making its effectiveness to influence night-sky preservation efforts less likely. If the partnership was built around a graphic identity and brand guidelines, the disparate stakeholders would become united and empowered to work together naturally. In addition, there are a noticeable lack of lighting products on the market that are made with the goal of limiting light pollution. To position Acadia further as an innovator and leader in night-sky preservation, Studio Of would design a lighting fixture for use within and around Acadia in the surrounding communities that would limit light pollution by directing light downward and filtering light for minimal effect on natural environments.

MILESTONE 3: IMPLEMENTATION

Studio Of would work closely with Acadia and the members of the partnership to appropriately imagine, assign, and create a graphic identity and associated brand guidelines. As a consistent identity generates collective buy-in, the partnership would be empowered to take coordinated action to perform their new functions as defined by the policy recommendations outlined above. Studio Of would also begin cross collaborating with lighting professionals/manufacturers and the Partnership to develop the new lighting fixture or bulb.

With a new, empowered, preservation partnership with a streamlined identity and a lighting product that directly contributes to dark-sky preservation, Studio Of would help coordinate an effort with the partnership to scale widespread community adoption of a new, appropriate lighting bulb/fixture.

Via the efforts of the three Milestones, Studio Of would transform Acadia and its future, generating a new relationship with the community, creating buy-in from stakeholders who benefit from the park’s darker night skies, and driving a natural and resilient organizational transformation for long-term success in dark-sky preservation.

“The true joy of a moonlit night is something we no longer understand. Only the men of old, when there were no lights, could understand the true joy of a moonlit night.”

—Yasunari Kawabata, Palm-of-the-Hand Stories

“The true joy of a moonlit night is something we no longer understand. Only the men of old, when there were no lights, could understand the true joy of a moonlit night.”

—Yasunari Kawabata, Palm-of-the-Hand Stories

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