The Sustainable Aesthetic: Nature, Culture, and Architecture

By David Crutchfield.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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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

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.125-136. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 609.597KB).

David Crutchfield

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Crutchfield is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at North Dakota State University with a research specialization in ‘Green’ and ‘Sustainable’ Design. His research is primarily focused on the meanings, influences, and interpretations of ‘Green’, ‘Environmental’ and/or ‘Sustainable’ Design. He is also a licensed professional Architect of national accreditation with over 20 years of broad national and international design experience. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kansas State University and a Master of Architecture (in Sustainable Design) from the University of Texas at Austin. His broadly based professional experience includes numerous projects of various scales throughout the United States and Europe including civic, retail, commercial, entertainment, and residential designs.


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