Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Teaching environmental awareness in the city
by Eiben, C. Erich, M.L.A., University of Colorado at Denver, 2015, 58; 1588182
Abstract (Summary)

Humans manage nature for our benefit at multiple scales, whether it is a wildlife refuge, an urban park, or farmland. I see a social divide where pragmatic elements are viewed as unnatural due to their focus on function over other qualities. This social polarity of nature versus pragmatism can be dangerous, allowing us to exploit urban areas with the thought that there are other natural areas preserved within cities themselves and also far away in more wild areas. In this thesis I hope raise awareness of surroundings through visual means of teaching and learning to inspire others to care for the urban environments we frequent daily, at human scale. I believe that if we care more for environments locally it will echo at larger scales and be a tool to reduce our impact on Earth. In order to do this we must first understand what nature means to us as a collective society which could ultimately help us care for urban spaces that seem menial. I explored this topic through two different projects; the development of an amenity for a community garden at Mariposa affordable housing on 10th and Osage which was designed through a community engagement processes and an art installation for Access to Art at Union Station.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Beck, Jody
Commitee: Komara, Ann, Langhorst, Joern
School: University of Colorado at Denver
Department: Landscape Architecture
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Design, Landscape architecture, Environmental education
Keywords: Design, Environmental awareness, Installation art, Nature, Wilderness
Publication Number: 1588182
ISBN: 9781321731507
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