• Aesthetic Participation and the Urban Environment

    Author(s):
    Arnold Berleant (see profile)
    Date:
    1984
    Subject(s):
    Aesthetics, Urban ecology, Environmental aesthetics, Perception
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    urban aesthetics, aesthetic perception, aesthetic experience
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/3a5s-xv81
    Abstract:
    While the environment has become a popular topic in many circles conservation, legislative, community, and international, to name a few, it has not often been the subject of a broadly reflective inquiry into its philosophical meaning and significance. Indeed, in the flurry of attention toward the environment, one crucial aspect of the subject has often been either disregarded, circumscribed, or trivialized: the aesthetic. Aesthetic experience here is more than the appreciation of beautiful gardens, parks, or urban vistas. It is more than neighborhood cleanup campaigns and the removal or masking of junkyards. It has to do with the very form and quality of human experience in general. And the environment can be seen as the larger setting in which all such experience occurs, the setting in which the aesthetic becomes the qualitative center of our daily lives. I should like to consider such ideas as these here.
    Notes:
    An earlier version of this paper was given at the Environmental Design Research Association meeting, EDRA 15, San Luis Obispo, California in July 1984 and recorded in the proceedings of that conference. [This paper draws on previously used material, incl. Phenom. Aes. of Env.]
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