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dc.contributor.authorHyde, Jessica Elizabeth
dc.description.abstractDetroit, Michigan is one of many postindustrial cities plagued by a cycle of depopulation, disinvestment, and increasing land vacancy. Negative perceptions of vacant land exacerbate this problem because they hinder the public's ability to see such land as a potential resource. This thesis examines whether landscape architecture could counteract this perceptual obstacle, by devising a fallow state for vacant urban land. This fallow condition would be: long-term, restorative, transitional, adaptable, interactive, and true to a sense of place. A study of scholarly literature, periodicals, and case studies, along with personal interviews and the author's own explorations of Detroit, indicated that the proposed fallow state does hold promise as a catalyst for positive perceptual and physical change. The results also suggested it would be possible to develop a framework for systematic implementation of fallow urban land design on a citywide scale, although further research would be required first.
dc.subjectLandscape architecture, Vacant land, Terrain vague, Shrinking cities, Brownfield redevelopment, Temporary land use, Urban agriculture, Phytoremediation, Deconstruction, Ecological art, Aesthetic remediation, Adaptive management
dc.titleFallow fields
dc.title.alternativedesigning a restorative, transitional state for vacant land in Detroit, Michigan
dc.description.departmentSchool of Environmental Design
dc.description.majorLandscape Architecture
dc.description.advisorDavid Spooner
dc.description.committeeDavid Spooner
dc.description.committeeLara Mathes
dc.description.committeeMarianne Cramer
dc.description.committeeJim Buonaccorsi

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