• Aesthetic Engagement and the Human Landscape

    Author(s):
    Arnold Berleant (see profile)
    Date:
    2008
    Subject(s):
    Aesthetics, Cultural studies, Ecology, Environment, Urbanism/urban planning
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    aesthetic engagement, enviornment, cultural ecology, ecosystem, urbanization
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M65R89
    Abstract:
    The idea of environment as an all-inclusive context in which humans are wholly interdependent with natural forces and other organic and inorganic objects applies equally to urban environments. Introducing an aesthetic dimension into an ecological model is both illuminating and important, for the ecological concept of an all-inclusive, interdependent environmental system has its experiential analogue in aesthetic engagement. Aesthetic engagement may be exemplified by the perceptual character of the various arts, and it can be the basis for creating an aesthetic ecology. It is a value that can be deliberately incorporated into the design of environmental experience, and it can serve as a guide in re-shaping and humanizing the urban landscape.
    Notes:
    Presented at the international conference on Environment, Aesthetic Engagement, and the Public Sphere, Paris, 9 May 2007. Translated into Chinese and reprinted under the title, “Aesthetic Ecology and the Urban Environment” in Academic Monthly, Vol. 3, 2008.
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