ARC 521SEM– Ecological Practices: ID - Natures of Nature
Course No.: 21066
Semester: 2018 Spring
Location: Hayes Hall – 402
Meeting Day(s): Tuesday
Meeting Time: 8:10AM - 10:50AM
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau
The Intellectual Domain course for the Ecological Practices Graduate Research Group will question how we perceive, define, represent, construct and reconstruct our world in relation to an evolving concept of “nature”. With the aim of establishing a socio-cultural context for the group, the course will focus on the intellectual trajectory of concepts of ecology, environment, and nature and their manifestation in art, architecture, and landscape architecture. We will study the ideas that change not only how we see the world and act in it, but also how we represent and remake it. In doing so, we will address the role of creative agents, environmental critics as well as that of established and emergent cultural constructs. We will delve into topics such as the sublime, ecological aesthetics, deep ecology and ecofeminism while considering practices such as land art and Earthworks, environmental art, ecological art and architectural ecoventions. Whether their actions are revealing the world or romancing nature, despoiling the earth or envisioning alternative futures we will explore the ideas and their expressions with both delight and criticality. This is a reading intensive seminar includes weekly discussions, presentations as well as visual and written components.