In the course of history, the occidental relationship between nature and culture has formed a dualism. Whatever was wild nature was supposed to be civilized by culture. Whatever was culturally molded could not be considered natural. It is by this antagonism in the basic concept that, to this day, we perceive our natural environment. We differentiate between culture and nature, urban and rural areas, artificial and natural, even though the respective values have traded places.

It is no longer human culture that seems desirable, but it is nature, in its destruction by man, that seems to be in need of saving.

However, the antinomy of man and environment continues to exist without being questioned. Flowers are nature – buildings are culture. Chimeras such as port basins or nature reserves are <<loundered>> terminologically.

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