Raising Awareness through Ecotourism Architecture

by Anderson, Kelly

Abstract (Summary)
The green movement has brought into focus our dependency on natural resources, and the unsustainable rate at which we are consuming them. Through the mechanization and standardization of almost all building systems, the user's interaction with these resources has decreased to almost nothing. The separation from these resources results in a lack of comprehension as to the massive amounts of vital resources we consume on a day-to-day basis as well as the natural world's impact on our well-being. By minimizing a building's dependence on mechanical systems and reestablishing the occupant's relationship with nature and natural resources through sustainable design, architecture can aid in recreating a connection to the natural environment and decrease our population's impact on the earth. This thesis will explore the design possibilities for an ecotourism resort that promotes a sustainable consumption of resources and lifestyle. An ecotourism resort provides an intimate attractive natural setting where guests can witness first-hand a successful cooperative relationship between the built environment and the natural habitat where it is located, without sacrificing accustomed creature comforts. Designing opportunities for indirect learning experiences can result in an informal education of the guests by raising awareness of resources consumed and the implications of their actions and daily life. These subtle moves can then result in behavior modifications that the visitors will be able to take from their experience and apply to every day life habits.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:ecotourism resort sustainable green sustainability dominica design behavior modification natural resources raising awareness nature


Date of Publication:07/13/2009

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