Weaving an aesthetic of ecological and cultural process
Woodward, Lauren Lee
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This thesis explores landscape urbanism theory as a framework for urban design that combines cultural and ecological processes, and culminates in a design for a waterfront park in the Seaport District in Boston, Massachusetts. Investigation of Boston’s urban form as the product of ecological and cultural processes acting upon the city and the vital ecological processes of a New England salt marsh yields elements that are incorporated into the park design. Analysis of case studies provides further insight into the challenges of combining these two often divergent elements. The final design creates an urban park that recaptures the history and identity of the area, links the Seaport District to its larger urban context in Boston, embraces ecological process, and provides stormwater infrastructure while contributing the greenspace essential for the health of the adjacent community.