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Exploring The Eco Pedagogy Of An Urban Eco Tourism Hill Path Design

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008



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AEC Education: Instructional Strategies and Innovation

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13.597.1 - 13.597.11



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Kun-jung Hsu Leader University

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Shu-Chen Lin National Taiwan University

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Yi-Rong Lin National Taiwan University

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Szu-Yu Yeh National Taiwan University

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Title of the Paper: Exploring the Eco-Pedagogy of an Urban Eco-Tourism Hill Path Design


The eco-tourism hill path engineering design located in a metropolitan area always faces the conflict between the need to satisfy strong recreation needs and the need to protect the ecology from a negative impact as well as the question of how it can be comprised across different kinds of value systems. In order to uncover the different value systems hidden in different disciplines, and to determine how it affects sustainable design judgment, an experimental exercise was designed in the course of construction technology education. An urbanized eco-tourism hill path design near Taipei 101 was designated as the exercise topic, and the team’s members engaged in the exercise came from different disciplines included: landscape architecture, urban design, and civil engineering. Results of the exercise showed that there are two driving forces related to the value judging base: recreation needs and ecological concerns of environmental bio-diversity, which affected the engineering design decision. By examining the dilemma of these two elements in the value judging base, the paper argues that we need to re-examine the procedure and methodology of the urbanized hill eco-path engineering design. To achieve the optimal solution for an eco-engineering project, the concept of multi-disciplinary participatory design processes with a generalist base of engineering pedagogy, was finally proposed.


Landscape architectural design and site engineering construction require mutual interaction during professional practice in order to perform the built-environment in a complex natural setting. Landscape architecture includes the planning, design, management, and preservation of human-made constructs. The engineering design concerns the process of originating and developing a plan for an engineering product, structure, system, or component. In practice, landscape engineering designers tend to work for clients who wish to commission construction work, so the focus is more on the engineering techniques. In order to bridge the gaps between the design product and the end users, more and more community design is being focused on a participatory design process, in advance.

Recently, the issues of sustainable development have become more and more important, driving planners from passive action to active preservation. The concepts of sustainability planning focus more on the bio-diversity of the constructed environment. From the viewpoint of bio-diversity and ecological sustainability, we need to maintain an attitude of equality and respect regarding other species [1, 7, 8, and 9]. More and more disciplines are using the same buzzword “sustainable” in their professional action; the emphasis in a sustainable engineering design always differs because of hidden value systems within different professional trainings [3, 5]. These contradictions always accompany most eco-engineering design processes, especially those eco-sensitive environments such as high density urban areas. For example, an

Hsu, K., & Lin, S., & Lin, Y., & Yeh, S. (2008, June), Exploring The Eco Pedagogy Of An Urban Eco Tourism Hill Path Design Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3955

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