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Eco-didacticism in art and architecture: Design as means for raising


Eco-didacticism in art and architecture: Design as means for raising

Cucuzzella, Carmela ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4677-8518, Chupin, Jean-Pierre and Hammond, Cynthia Imogen (2020) Eco-didacticism in art and architecture: Design as means for raising. Cities, 102 (102728). pp. 1-12.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2020.102728


The aim of this paper is to assess a distinctive form of environmentally-driven architecture and public art practice that has emerged in urban contexts over the last two decades. It appears that these environmental practices have been developing a distinctive, didactic discourse in recent decades. We formulate the hypothesis that this form of creative intervention, which we provisionally name the “eco-art installation,” is part of an “ecodidactic turn” that crosses disciplines, specifically art, sustainable design, and architecture. This type of intervention further mobilizes different publics within various urban landscapes, and engages new forms of collaboration with municipal authorities. In this sense, the urban eco-art installation does not simply demonstrate its alignment with pressing ecological issues; rather, it is driven by an urgent need to explain. This new form of explanatory discourse places the “eco-message” squarely in the public realm. After differentiating between didacticism and dialecticism, we present specific approaches to assess the installations' communicative properties. Preliminary results show that these eco-art installations exist for the sake of communicating their message. The adoption of the public realm is key, since it may foster human encounters and engagement with the issues collectively, contributing to the potential of ‘public space as political forum.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Design and Computation Arts
Item Type:Article
Authors:Cucuzzella, Carmela and Chupin, Jean-Pierre and Hammond, Cynthia Imogen
Journal or Publication:Cities
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Concordia University Research Chair program (CURC)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1016/j.cities.2020.102728
Keywords:Environmental architecture Environmental public art Communication Awareness Engagement Eco-didactic Didacticism Dialecticism
ID Code:987574
Deposited By: Carmela Cucuzzella
Deposited On:16 Nov 2020 21:56
Last Modified:16 Nov 2020 22:09
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