• Landscape, Ecology, Art and Change

      Collins, Tim; Goto, R. (Routledge (Taylor & Francis), 2003)
      The chapter expands the understanding of what urban means in relationship to nature and ecology, by examining a broad range of interdisciplinary thinkers. The collaborators explore the idea of “radical ecologies,” new ideas in the philosophy of the environment that can inform the work of artists interested in cities and the environment. The text provides a brief history of land preservation and conservation and the move toward land and ecosystems restoration. This is juxtaposed against the artists move into the landscape in sculpture and then toward ecosystems and more recently environmental planning. The juxtaposition leads to a synthesis resulting in a set of goals and objectives for a new integration of art in relationship to social and ecological issues. Researched by Collins, then discussed, jointly written and edited with a collaborator of twenty years. The chapter constructs a narrative of applied ecologies, cultural ecologies and emergent ideas in art and radical (socially transformative) approaches to ecology. The text examines the potential for emergent ideas in an ‘ecology of health’ to reconfigure dominant paradigmatic understandings of humanity and nature in aesthetic, social, political and legal terms. The role of art in this project is to be an intellectually catalytic force that works across disciplines and foundations of knowledge.
    • Post-Industrial Watersheds: Retrofits and restorative redevelopment

      Collins, Tim; Pinkham, R.D. (CRC press, Taylor & Francis, 2004)
      The chapter addresses watershed scale problems and how the concept of ‘restorative redevelopment’ was proposed and developed on the “Nine Mile Run Greenway project.” Continuing his interest in interdisciplinary approaches to art and design, Collins engaged Pinkham, a water policy expert at Rocky Mountain Institute. They worked on the “Nine Mile Run” watershed to examine the potential for alternative approaches to land use and stormwater management. They assembled a national team of interdisciplinary experts with recognized expertise in art, stormwater, ecology, landscape design and public policy. The chapter describes the subsequent interdisciplinary design charrette that revealed new approaches to surface water and the policy issues that constrained such designs. Informed by stormwater regulations the project specified collaborative teams to work together developing innovative design, detention and retention schemes. Working from a specific construction budget, GIS maps, and onsite analysis the teams had to manage a ‘two year, 24-hour storm’. The text examines four sites, current policies and the resulting illustrated plans.
    • Towards an aesthetic of diversity

      Collins, Tim (Berkhäuser, Verlag, 2004)
      Collins’ chapter examines the question of aesthetics in artists’ work in the environment. The author hypothesizes that creative transformation has come unhinged from the impetus for primary authorship. Nature has come under full attack from the appetites of human culture and as a result the care for nature has become a cultural problem that must be addressed by the arts, sciences and the humanities. Working from a position of restoration ecology, the author makes a series of direct arguments for diversity as a standard aesthetic component, of social, environmental and economic systems. The text is framed within a specific history referencing scientists like E.O Wilson, and Gary Nabhan as well as environmental philosophers, landscape architects and other environmental practitioners. Also included in this text, are a series of full colour plates with descriptions presenting work done as principal investigator on “Nine Mile Run” and “3 Rivers 2nd Nature.”