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Offline Takashi

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"built environment"
« on: August 09, 2015, 09:17:34 am »
I'd appreciate it if you could help me with the third sentence.
 
   "The color revolution has been invisible to scholars in part because it was a business-to-business phenomenon. Design historians often focus on the consumer goods that make everyday life more comfortable and convenient, or that reflect the modern aesthetic.  The work of professional colorists shaped the built environment, and many consumer products, including Crayola crayons and pastel automobiles, were directly attributable to them. But colorists worked behind closed doors with other professionals."

Could you paraphrase the phrase "shape the built environment" here?  "Built environment" seems to mean that the environment which is already established. I've been wondering why the verb "shaped" is used here when the environment is already completed. Could it be that it refers to "making everyday life more comfortable and convenient" mentioned in the preceding sentence?

Thank you very much.

Takashi

Offline Darryl

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Re: "built environment"
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2015, 11:45:45 am »
The built environment = buildings of all types - houses, schools, churches, bridges, shops ... Buildings!

Offline Takashi

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Re: "built environment"
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2015, 02:39:55 pm »
Thank you very much, Darryl!

The meaning is clear now.

Takashi