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dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Rachel Karen
dc.description.abstractLandscape architects specialize in works that are site-specific. However, the meaning of the term site-specific has evolved to no longer be defined simply as the geographic boundaries of the site, but now has a broader meaning within a global context. An understanding of a site must now include an understanding of the natural systems, as well as the political, economic, and social systems at work. As the definition of a site expands, the inherent dichotomy between local thinking and global thinking also expands. This thesis uses Miwon Kwon’s three paradigms of site-specificity as the basis for a theoretical framework, to which contemporary theories on nomadism and general systems thinking are added. The author then analyzes the paradigms through the lens of four contemporary site-specific works. Finally, the author analyzes a contemporary landscape design to illustrate the ways in which the concepts utilized in the four paradigms can benefit the practice of landscape architecture.
dc.subjectLandscape architecture, land art, environmental art, general systems thinking, space, place, site, site-specificity, nomadism
dc.titleThe evolving meaning of site-specificity
dc.title.alternativefrom theory to practice
dc.description.departmentCollege of Environment and Design
dc.description.majorLandscape Architecture
dc.description.advisorMarianne Cramer
dc.description.committeeMarianne Cramer
dc.description.committeeJudith Wasserman

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