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|Type of Document
||Hoerup, Jennifer L
||Challenging the modern paradigm :turning to Aldo Leopald and flyfishing literature for a new approach to landscape aesthetics
||Master of Landscape Architecture
|Bork, Dean R.
|Roggenbuck, Joseph W.
|Skabelund, Lee R.
- landscape aesthetics
- Aldo Leopold
|Date of Defense
This paper proposes that the cultural understanding of nature under the Modern paradigm is
inadequate. I propose that the result of this deficient representation of nature has been the
degradation of the environment and our culture. The degradation of the environment is
well studied, but I suggest that our culture is degraded by limited contact with nature and
the loss of nature as a potential source of value and source of meaning. This paper
explores the writings of several philosophers and social critics who support this
supposition. In order to develop a more representative understanding of nature this paper
suggests that landscape architects study Aldo Leopold's theory of landscape aesthetics.
Leopold's concept of experiential knowledge is discussed as a means of offering our
culture a deeper appreciation of nature, but also as a means for landscape architects to
improve their own education and design process. Based on the experiences of flyfishers
this paper suggests that the practice of Leopold's landscape aesthetic is both possible and
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