Here at the University of Arizona, we are working toward creating lesson
plans based on ecological art.
I am planning on using Paolo Soleri's Arconsanti site for my work, for
exactly the reasons you mentioned.
Using the study of ecology, students can come to an understanding of how the
world functions as a series of interconected systems. Ecology also
facilitates the study of other sciences, such as biology and chemistry, as
well as mathematics.
When one adds the study of art into the equation, the human element of
ecology is brought forth. It is a unique combination of disciplines, which
has been proven to be very successful for education. The Pickerington
Elementary School project is an excellent example of the potenial of eco/art
For me, places like Arcosanti incorperate the elements of science and
aesthetics in a proactive way.
If changes are to take place in the way produce goods and construct in the
environment, we are going to have to educate children about how the systems
of the world are interconnected. And how everything we do has an impact on
these systems. They need to be ecologically minded, creative problem
solvers, who understand the aesthetic needs of humans also.
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