ERIC Number: ED055020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Project Canada West. Face of the City: How to Look at Your Urban World.
Western Curriculum Project on Canada Studies, Edmonton (Alberta).
The broad area selected by the Calgary Project was the development of a curriculum on urban aesthetics. During their work in 1970-71, they concluded that the best way to develop visual awareness was through the conceptual development of the visual components or the images and elements of design in terms of human values of urban areas. The modular units will be entitled: 1) Portals: points of access; 2) Skyline and Profile; 3) Focal Point and Landmarks; 4) Nodes: strategic points, gathering places; 5) Pathways: streets, rivers, railroads; 6) Edges and Entities: city segments; and, 7) Aura and Pulse: total sensual impressions. The elements of design are: scale, color, line, form, texture, and motion. The total program could range from five to ten months. The material should be suitable for any learner above the sixth grade level in several existing subject areas: art education, social studies, sociology, geography, home economics, and environmental studies; to a lesser degree in: design studies, building arts, and history. The learning experiences of a unit will be entirely self-contained in a kit which will provide the basis for open inquiry on the topic. The open-ended student-directed investigation activities in his community should involve application of the unit to the school, the home, the neighborhood, and then the entire city. The expansion of the curriculum framework was influenced by a review of the works of urban designers included here. (Author/SBE)
Descriptors: Art Education, Community Study, Concept Teaching, Curriculum Development, Discovery Learning, Environmental Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literature Reviews, Projects, Secondary Education, Sequential Approach, Social Studies, Student Research, Urban Environment, Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Visual Arts
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Curriculum Project on Canada Studies, Edmonton (Alberta).
Identifiers: Canada; Project Canada West