WIT Press


Connections: Nature Of Connection To Nature

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SPD030391

Volume

67

Pages

12

Published

2003

Size

654.81 kb

Author(s)

W. Cox

Abstract

'I woke up and heard the earth, screaming through the asphalt 7 These words pounded into my being upon reflection of my teaching experiences for preparation of this proposal. How do we teach our students to feel the beauty ofthe earth? How do we teach them to feel that beauty ebbing away from our grasp and all with our own implicit consent? In a series of architectural courses, students confront their appreciation of the earth in relationship to the built environment. "Over the past fifty years, we have reduced a complex and diverse landscape into an asphalt network stitched together from coast to coast out of a dozen or so crude design "templates," states Sim Van der Ryn and Stuart Cowan in their book Ecological Design. In the course series titled, Connections: Nature of connection to nature, students engaged in a process to transform the current design thinking, which has led to a destructive relatio

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