Mann, Lindsey Eloise
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Much of what is considered practice of Sustainability in Landscape Architecture is born from a worldview founded in reductionist Science. However, it is understood that such a worldview contributes to imbalance, preventing Sustainability on ecological, social and spiritual levels (Boff, 1995; Hartmann, 2004; Mies & Shiva, 1993). This thesis explores work from a variety of theorists and practitioners to redefine the practice of Sustainability, including: ecologists, theologists, anthropologists, psychologists, physicists, artists and spiritual leaders. Sustainability redefined considers indigenous livelihood which held the earth and its inhabitants as sacred, and insight into spiritual awakening, including the evolution of human consciousness. Practical applications of awakening consciousness to affecting land changes include the arts of Geomancy and Feng Shui, working with the Spirit of nature, and Biodynamic Farming. Case studies of these applications are discussed in relationship to Landscape Architects developing a more Sustainable existence on Earth.