• Arnold Berleant deposited Toward an Aesthetics of Environmental Design on Humanities Commons 4 years, 6 months ago

    It is important to complement the empirical studies that supply specific data for environmental design by articulating the aesthetic ideas that underlie empirical research and practical decision making. These empirical studies share with philosophical aesthetics a foundation in sense experience. How this experience is to be understood and used is central for environmental design, and aesthetics can make a contribution here by identifying and appraising the different assumptions that guide design concepts. Three distinct postulates will emerge in the following discussion–the contemplative, the active, and the participatory, and each directs different conceptions of environmental design.