This paper examines the changing historic relation of western culture and nature as reflected in various cultural manifestations. Framed within a social-constructivist perspective, this multi-sited ethnography seeks to first identify prevailing social attitudes toward the natural world and then, utilizing interpretive analysis, to identify them within various contemporary creative/aesthetic works. The paper examines various historical European and American literary references, then analyses examples of fine art of the same timeframe, followed by a survey of collateral architectural works seeking to identify referential connections between these fields. Finally, the paper discusses implications and possible trajectories of current changes in the nature/culture relation within the field of sustainable and ‘green’ architecture.
|Keywords:||Sustainable Design, Aesthetics, Art, Architecture, Nature, Culture, History, Manifestation, Green Design, Environmental Art, Culture/Nature|
Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA
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