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Environmental AestheticsCrossing Divides and Breaking Ground$
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Martin Drenthen and Jozef Keulartz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254491

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254491.001.0001

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Future Directions for Environmental Aesthetics

Future Directions for Environmental Aesthetics

(p.25) Chapter 2 Future Directions for Environmental Aesthetics
Environmental Aesthetics

Yuriko Saito

Fordham University Press

Yuriko Saito argues for the broadening of environmental aesthetics’ scope from natural environments to mixed environments such as gardens, agricultural landscapes, urban environments, and its further expansion to include what Saito has called ‘everyday aesthetics’, i.e., all those ingredients that constitute our spatial environments, namely artefacts, human activities, and social relationships. The environment understood in this widest sense shapes the state of the world and the quality of life. Aesthetics plays a crucial, although often unrecognized, role in this ongoing world-making project, for better or worse. Environmental aesthetics can help cultivate aesthetic literacy so that we become aware of the power wielded by aesthetics, but it can also help to find ways of guiding aesthetically motivated decisions and actions toward better world-making.

Keywords:   Future Directions, Everyday Aesthetics, Mixed Environments, World-making

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