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dc.contributor.authorOrmsby, Elizabeth Tabb
dc.description.abstractThe American Dream of home ownership - a detached single family house with a yard and car - has become deeply ingrained in the American psyche and culture. It has historically dictated suburban development patterns.  This suburban development style causes many of the environmental, social and health problems plaguing American society today.  An increasing number of Americans desire to live in walkable, diverse and environmentally responsible communities.  Nevertheless, the entrenched ideology of the dream, and the powerful business and governmental interests that support it through marketing and political policies, prevent meaningful changes to existing development practices - preventing new development models to take root.  This thesis will propose and outline the creation of a collaborative organization bringing together Architects and Urban Planners, under the leadership of Landscape Architects. This coalition can reframe the American Dream, by challenging business and political interests opposing a new American residential landscape.
dc.subjectThe American Dream
dc.subjectHome ownership
dc.subjectPublic Relations
dc.subjectsuburbia, suburban development
dc.subjectlandscape architecture
dc.subjectsuburban history
dc.subjectNew Urbanism
dc.subjectSmart Growth
dc.subjectLEED ND
dc.titleReframing the American dream
dc.title.alternativehow landscape architecture can be a catalyst for suburban development change
dc.description.departmentCollege of Environment and Design
dc.description.majorLandscape Architecture
dc.description.advisorDavid Spooner
dc.description.committeeDavid Spooner
dc.description.committeeDouglas Pardue
dc.description.committeeLara Mathes

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