Independent Work: Urbanization of British Landscapes

As a sort of continuation of the previous Road Signs blog post which studied the impact of our visualisation of landscapes, I have also begin to explore the subject of Urbanization of our British landscapes as a whole and taken to additionally concentrating on the British countryside stereotype and how I believe we are loosing it to Urbanization.

The term ‘Urbanization’ means

Urbanization is a population shift from rural to urban areas, the gradual increase in the proportion of people living in urban areas, and the ways in which each society adapts to the change. Urbanization is relevant to a range of disciplines, including geography, sociology, economics, urban planning, and public health. The phenomenon has been closely linked to modernization, industrialization, and the sociological process of rationalization. “

Generally speaking, Urbanization is the growth of a rural area whether it be population growth or the change in society to adapt. To me, it means the acceptance and adaption of rural landscapes to modern technological and societal changes. This can for instance include the widespread use of roadsigns to guide us or the stretch of mile and miles of power lines that we have become dependant upon. This dependance has closed the digital divide for many of us, however I feel it has created a gap between the traditional and stereotypical British countryside and the vastly overdeveloping city’s. As a result, we are loosing some of that beauty to urbanization.

Now lets go back to that word ‘stereotype’ as lately I have been exploring Community, Culture and Identity for my return to 2nd year at University. One of the topics that falls under investigation is the idea of ‘Stereotypes’ such as the stereotype of British Countryside culture. I believe that people in and outside the UK perceive the British countryside to always be cute, natural and a general heaven on earth. However, as a countryside dweller I have grown up with it and have my agreements and disagreements such as the notion of the urbanization aesthetic of our supposedly beautiful and natural landscapes.

Now to get to the point, I have photographed some power lines on my local walk and the interrupting impact they have on the beauty of british summer countryside is evident.

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Now I am not saying, like in my Road Signs post, that we should eradicate or reduce power lines as that will send us right back to the digital immigrant age but rather should be not try and opt for a more natural appearance and or a structure that contributes to the natural landscape rather than taking away from it? What about Jin Choi and Thomas Shine’s Land of Giants which uses physical shapes to add to the attraction of the land and counteract the typical dull and ugly choice? Is there an alternative such as creating more natural looking urbanization. These are questions for the future generation, my generation to consider and hopefully act upon.

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