An Urban Ecology Ecomuseum: A Quasi-Experimental Application of Integral Ecology

By Michelle Shepherd.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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A powerful opportunity exists in recognizing environmental science (among the designed and engineered infrastructure of contemporary urban milieu) as open air, living, ekistics museums, or as ecomuseum. However, this agenda appears to be rare, if existent at all in the western United States. By articulating and advancing this as a shared interest between architectural theory, historiography and pedagogy, ubiquitous museography and inclusive museology, we (humanity) may go on collaboratively to optimistically affect a substantial cultural transformation toward informed hope, empathy and ecologically sustainable actions. With a transdisciplinary methodology, I approach the question: What is an urban ecology ecomuseum? Two theoretical references I suggest, which may inform curatorial processes, are the current works of professors Martin Kemp and Michael E. Zimmerman.

Keywords: Active Living, Alter-globalization, Anthropogenic Biomes, Appropriate Technologies, Boutique Architecture (Museum), Civil Society, Consciousness Studies, Critical Practice, Cultural Creatives, Economic (Social) Forum, Ecopsychology, Environmental Ethics, Indigenous (Local, Regional, Traditional) Wisdom, Inherited City, Integrative Design, Knowledge Networks, Landscape Urbanism, Museum as Method, Open Access, Outdoor Education, Structural Intuitions, Transdisciplinary Studies, Transformation Culture, Walking

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.37-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 545.872KB).

Dr. Michelle Shepherd

Second Year Doctoral Student, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA

I began my career as an environmentalist, artist and then as an apprentice of architectural materiality, along with its intellectual and spiritual traditions. During this long process I also gained experience in natural and cultural resources management and interpretation as a public botanical garden program administrator. That effort inspired me to continue studying museology as a component of my doctoral education in history, theory and criticism of the environment.

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