Gunpowder Park: A Case Study of Post-Industrial Reinhabitation

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Title: Gunpowder Park: A Case Study of Post-Industrial Reinhabitation
Author: Tyman, Shannon K., 1981-
Abstract: As urbanization increases, there is growing pressure upon derelict and contaminated sites (i.e. brownfields) for new development. Creatively (re)considering these post-industrial spaces is essential to ecological health. Ecology, as philosopher Felix Guattari has observed, is not a simple equation but a complex of relations. As the landscape plays a critical role in mediating the human-nature relationship, the recomposition of our landscapes may enable a new quality of (postmodern, urban) life. Just outside of Greater London, Gunpowder Park provides an example of a munitions testing site that is now a park for arts, science, and nature. The new alliances developing on this site stress an artistic perspective and thus gesture toward dwelling differently. Synthesized from bioregionalism and Guattari' s ethico-aesthetic paradigm, reinhabitation is developed as a place-engaged, politically-active, ethically-attentive, and aesthetically-inspired lifestyle through which to take responsibility for our landscapes and seek new relationships with ourselves and the world around us.
Description: xi, 115 p. A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries. Search the library catalog for the location and call number.
Date: 2008-09

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