Yimin Hu

Nature Erased (South Florida) 

The nature–culture divide is the conventional notion of a dichotomy between humans and the environment. Stemming from Rousseau, there is a historical belief that wilderness must not only be tamed to be protected, but that humans also need to be outside of it. Hence, the need for conservation agencies, borders, and boundaries dividing the built environment and wilderness. With a research interest in South Florida’s arbitrary conservation boundaries, and hybrid site conditions, the thesis aims to move the consideration of habitat, ecology, and environment beyond the conventional nature-culture dichotomy, toward agendas of an intricate and intertwined system of hybridity, and investigate the possibilities of symbiotic integration, and co-existence.

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