Why Include Esthetics in Civil Engineering Education—

by Edward S. Neumann, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, W. Va.,
Richard W. Lyles, (A.M.ASCE), Res. Design Analyst; Soc. Sci. Research Inst., Univ. of Maine, Orono, Maine,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 1-8

Document Type: Journal Paper


Esthetic issues are generally discussed in general and very subjective terms. Under the auspices of the Committee on Aesthetics of the Urban Planning and Development Division, a study was undertaken to evaluate, as objectively as possible, the philosophies of civil engineering departments regarding esthetic issues. The reported results indicate that the stated philosophies are generally pro-esthetic at superficial levels but inconsistencies are also noted as well as a lack of commitment to stated positive philosophies. The problem is addressed in the context of recent changes in the planning/design process. Recommendations are made for incorporating esthetics into civil engineering curricula.

Subject Headings: Aesthetics | Engineering education | Urban development | Professional practice | Curricula

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