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Bryce M Downing (bmd)
Sat, 6 Dec 1997 18:52:43 -0700 (MST)

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I am responding to the question How are human designed spaces part of
an
ecological system? which appears in the Conversations about Teaching
Contemporary Art section of ArtsEdNet
(/education/teacherartexchange/resources/Ecology/conv.html). I
am
assuming that human designed spaces refers to building structures, whether
they be housing, parking lots, or a new shopping mall. The addition of
these
kinds of structures to an environment can have an extreme effect on an
ecological system. I have mentioned before the great increase in housing
near
the Sabino Canyon area in Tucson, AZ. With this increase, there has also
been a
noticeable decrease in the areas where local wildlife can live. It is now
a
rare occurrence to see a javelina or coyote, where only 5 years ago they
could
be seen almost on a daily basis. Human structures have a tendency to
remove or
disrupt the ecological systems that exist prior to construction. I
believe that
many artists have created art which emphasizes this point and serve to
remind us
of the situations that human expansion can create.

Bryce Downing
The University of Arizona
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