The Wildlife Gallery: Integrating Wildlife Habitat into Urban Areas Using Land and Environmental Art
Holmer, Lauren A
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Environmental concerns and worldwide population growth demonstrate the need for positive integration of human cultural practices with other ecological processes, including animal life cycles. This thesis proposes that fostering a sense of regional community within citizens for local wildlife will aid in the paradigm shift necessary for effective interspecies habitation in urbanized areas. Land and environmental art acts as a channel for cultural communication, often confronts localized problems which affect wildlife, and has been of interest to landscape architects for decades. With the development of eco-revelatory design practice, the procedural and ideological contributions of these artists remain relevant to our profession. This thesis will examine six case studies from within the outer periphery of Krauss’s 1979 Klein Group Diagram, using an evaluative framework to determine how well they provide for wildlife needs and human awareness of the animals, and then applies the information learned to a site in Charleston, SC.