|About the Book|
GEE!, The Group for Environmental Education, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation engaged in developing innovative curricula, materials, and programs in learning areas related to mans interaction with his physical surroundings. Our Man-MadeMoreGEE!, The Group for Environmental Education, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation engaged in developing innovative curricula, materials, and programs in learning areas related to mans interaction with his physical surroundings. Our Man-Made Environment--Book Seven is the first of a series developed by GEE! for use in the intermediate school years.The book is meant to serve, not as a self-sufficient educational program, but rather as an introductory point of departure and as a device for structuring the discussions and activities of teachers and students immersed in their own familiar environments--which are nevertheless largely unobserved, unquestioned, or taken for granted. These discussions and activities will lead them to specific realities outside the book and outside the classroom.Thus the book is meant to serve as an aid in focusing the students vision on his own environment, progressively encompassing his home and school, his neighborhood, his town or city...his total range of personal experience. The student learns to respond to his real-life world.The format of the book is built around four broad questions--What is the man-made environment? Why do we build our environment? What determines the form of our environment? How do we change our man-made environment?--and some of the answers to them, which take the form of exercises that the student works out by bringing into play his own experience, judgment, and creative instincts.The answers that emerge involve such considerations as the nature of space, indoor and outdoor--the needs for shelter and privacy--the size of man as an influence on form--the nature of the land on which man builds--the materials he uses--the various methods of construction he can employ--the requirements for transportation--how the environment can be made interesting to look at, to live in, to walk through--the need for constantly changing the environment.A back flap holds a set of cardboard punch-outs that can be folded into a series of three-dimensional models that tangibly illustrate basic concepts about structure and space.The book is the work of many hands and minds, coordinated by GEE!, with major credits divided among GEE!s principals, Alan G. Levy, William B. Chapman, and Richard Saul Wurman.