The art of a social sustainability for urban waterways
Schwevens, Joanna Dunholter
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Tanyard Creek, in Athens, GA, exemplifies the innate conflict between urban conditions and healthy watersheds causing “urban stream syndrome”, which is compounded by a lack of awareness or appreciation. This thesis suggests that part of the solution could be creating a social sustainability for these waterways by using “art in the environment”. This thesis begins by defining “art in the environment”, its history, and relationship to social change. A baseline of motives and strategies will be compiled from accepted theories and practices in landscape architecture that will be compared with the motives and strategies found in five “art in the environment” case studies. The conclusions drawn from the comparison of motives and strategies will be applied to Tanyard Creek based on a site analysis of its physical condition and relationship to the surrounding community, culminating with an installation design of “art in the environment” specific for Tanyard Creek.