Monthly Archives: May 2009

Visual pollution and visual literacy

While doing research on sustainable parks and community involvement in the maintenance of them, I came across the Dunn Foundation and their 25 minute movie entitled “Community of Choices”. The film focuses on the environmental, social and economic benefits of preserving the local character of a place and bemoans the prolifertion of commercial development as a blight and eyesore on the visual environment.

The Dunn Foundation goes as far as saying that “a major factor in the decline in the appearance of America’s communities is widespread illiteracy on the visual environment.” They believe that a better understanding of the visual environment and the forces that shape it will strengthen the connections that people have to places and reinforce civic values which are vital to healthy, sustainable communities.

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