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img1076260764For me, the culture/nature opposition is one of the most-problematic. In its simplest form, Nature is attributed the feminine, but in the urban environment especially, Nature is selected, structured, controlled, contained, spaced, and pruned – both publicly and privately. It is often very cultured, arranged and grown for stature, grandeur, and posturing. Arranged as signs of wealth and power over time, of heritage, and of intelligence – through architectural design. “The masculine accomplishment of engineering and large-scale construction”. (Solomon-Godeau, 1991, p. 253) If this Nature is outside, and public – let’s say a War Memorial, the grounds of a Parliament House, or a football field – is it still feminine?

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