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Future Directions for Environmental Aesthetics

Yuriko Saito

Environmental Values 19 (2010): 373-391. doi: 10.3197/096327110X519880


After half a century, environmental aesthetics successfully expanded the scope of modern art-centred Western aesthetic discourse. I argue that further expansion is in order. First, we should explore the aesthetics of the constituents of the environment, namely artefacts, human activities and social relationships, which determine the quality of life and the state of the world. Second, we need to cultivate aesthetic literacy as well as a normative discourse to steer our aesthetic practice toward a better world-making. Finally, environmental aesthetics needs to be globalised to include rich aesthetic traditions of nature and environment from diverse cultures.


Everyday aesthetics, social aesthetics, Japanese aesthetics, landscape aesthetics

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Contemporary Environmental Aesthetics and the Requirements of Environmentalism. Allen Carlson

Contemporary Art and Environmental Aesthetics. Samantha Clark

Aesthetic Disillusionment: Environment, Ethics, Art. Cheryl Foster

The Aesthetics of Sky and Space. Ronald W. Hepburn

Feminist Aesthetics and the Neglect of Natural Beauty. Sheila Lintott

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Ronald Hepburn and the humanising of Environmental Aesthetics. Isis Brook

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