Sarah Hamelin



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I investigate an architectural theory known as “prospect and refuge” to explore what I consider a conflicting relationship humans find as inhabitants of the natural environment. The theory explains our preference for dwelling on the edge of two opposing terrains, such as forests and fields, to fulfill our biological need for both protection and basic life necessities, such as hunting, gathering and agriculture.

However, the comfort we find living on the edge of these terrains irks me as a selfish form of control over the environment, stemming from a fear of nature’s unpredictability. There appears to be a tension between what we consider living harmoniously in our natural world versus what it means to allow nature to run its course. 


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