Environmental Aesthetics: Ideas, Politics and Planning [NOOK Book]

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This is the first comprehensive, integrated study of the emerging interdisciplinary field of environmental aesthetics. The author takes the reader through a brief history of both aesthetics and taste, then discusses the psychology of human-environment relations, the influences of literary, artistic and legal activism on city, countryside and wilderness, and concludes with an analysis of the roles of public policy and of planning. Clearly written and lavishly illustrated, the book brings together the ideas, ...
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Environmental Aesthetics: Ideas, Politics and Planning

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Overview

This is the first comprehensive, integrated study of the emerging interdisciplinary field of environmental aesthetics. The author takes the reader through a brief history of both aesthetics and taste, then discusses the psychology of human-environment relations, the influences of literary, artistic and legal activism on city, countryside and wilderness, and concludes with an analysis of the roles of public policy and of planning. Clearly written and lavishly illustrated, the book brings together the ideas, methods and practice of a wide range of academic and professional disciplines. The book will prove an invaluable introduction to all interested in how the experience of both city and country life can and should be improved.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134775002
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/4/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 17 MB
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Table of Contents

List of plates, figures and tables
Acknowledgements
Preface
1 Introduction 1
1.1 Environmental aesthetics 5
1.2 A short history of aesthetics 19
1.3 The origins of the aesthetic impulse 24
1.4 The senses 31
2 Humanists 43
2.1 The humanist approach 46
2.2 A history of landscape taste 51
2.3 Landscapes 75
2.4 Some national contrasts 101
3 Experimentalists 111
3.1 The experimentalist approach 114
3.2 Properties of environments and persons 118
3.3 Scenery is good for you 132
3.4 Methodological problems 139
4 Activists 149
4.1 Literary and design activism 152
4.2 Citizen action 162
4.3 Legal issues 169
4.4 Public policy 176
5 Planners 189
5.1 Aesthetic landscape planning 193
5.2 Urban aesthetic planning 215
5.3 Environmental education 241
5.4 Aesthetic critique 249
Afterword: Beyond aesthetics 261
Bibliography 266
Index 284
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