Blog of Zoe at Galien Valley
Galien River valley, southwest Michigan, North America

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.

Points, Goals, Missions...:
to become increasingly more aware of goodness, oneself (one's unselfish self), nature, people, one's local community, and the world.   
to continually learn how to help to sustain and enrich nature, people, and communities. 
to live, learn, work, do science, and do art in ways that serve goodness by helping communities, people, and nature. 
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May 2018, June 2018, July 2018

My science & art daily entries include:
Outdoor nature science, awareness, observation, knowledge, and facts. In order to make my art, I need to know one or a few of many types of science, including native and exotic plants, native animals, native ecology and habitats, stewardship techniques, economy, conservation, natural resources, hard and soft woods, etc.
Outdoor nature art, primitive crafts, the community arts, landscape architecture, and nature classes: the skills of heart-head-and-hands in unison to apply science to make stuff to help to connect, sustain, and enrich communities, people, and nature. Culture, living, learning, and working to sustain and enrich people and nature within a community landscape.

Science is knowledge and art is unique individual things that people make (handmake, not factory mass-produce, although books may be mass-produced). Science is knowledge and art is science applied to make something of pleasing form and function.  Science includes “learning the patterns of nature and how nature works” – Carl Sagan.  The best and most useful kind of science is learning how to simultaneously help both people and nature.  The best and most useful type of science is "community science": learning to establish, sustain, and enrich natural habitats and human communities that live in harmony with the habitats.  Community science includes knowing about the community landscape: its geography, geology, climate, weather, water, ecology, etc.  The best and most useful arts are applying that science to make things that simultaneously help both people and nature.  The best and most useful arts apply "community science" to make art – the "community arts" – that helps to sustain and enrich people, communities, and nature, including community cooperation and people’s sustainable interrelationships with nature within the community landscape.   The community arts include paintings, mugs, baskets, books, cuisine, etc., even restored habitats, and sustainable communities that connect people and nature together in harmony.  Part of sustaining and enriching people, communities, and nature is to sustain and enrich native wild habitats. (Read more about science and art in my definitionz page. Read more about community arts education.)

I do various things that include both science and art, including the following. I make primitive wilderness crafts. I design curriculum and nature classes. I create moral cultural activities. I live to be moral and to sustain and enrich communities, people, and nature. I take care of nature to promote people's holistic health and well-being. Also, I do landscape architecture.

Landscape architecture is both science and art. "Landscape architecture is the development of a harmonious, sustainable, and enriching fit between human systems and natural systems. Furthermore, landscape architecture is art and science, both analysis and intervention." - Bob Riley, professor at the University of Illinois. In college, my landscape architecture studies included both science and art. Sciencewise, my classes included biology, botany, woody plant identification, ecology, geology, topography, water drainage, meteorology, etc.  Plants, animals, rocks, soils, water, slopes, weather, etc. are all part of the landscape.  Artwise, my assignments included freehand sketching, rendering, graphics, planting design, pavements, sculpting the land, etc.  A landscape architect is both a scientist and an artist. (Read more about landscape architecture.)

Landscape architects plan and design landscapes of a variety of scales. For examples, they plan and design 2-acre residential yards, 10-acre-parks, 5-mile-diameter communities, and 30-mile-diameter regions.

Professionally, I've worked in various facets of the landscape architecture field. I worked at a landscape architecture design firm, at which I designed urban sites, including residential yards, schoolyards, parks, playgrounds, streetscapes, college campus areas, etc. I worked at a city park district. I served on a village planning commission. Lately, I have a few part time jobs. I run my own business, the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program. I design, author, and illustrate nature curricula and books. I work at an ecological restoration firm, which a landscape architect owns and runs. Also, I do design and work at a permaculture firm. Some landscape architects have permaculture farms. Also, at the permaculture farm, I teach nature, science, art, and interdisciplinary classes. The most famous USA landscape architect of the early 20th-century, Jens Jensen, taught at the Clearing, Jensen's folk school of nature and art classes.

Also, read definitions of science, art, community, culture, economy, education, and many other words, at my definitionz page.


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