Material reuse in the landscape
McDowell, Christopher Paul
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Wood reuse is an effective technique for reducing human impact on the landscape and additionally has much untapped potential in bringing economic, environmental and cultural benefits to the field of landscape construction and design. This thesis examines whether reusing wood is a practical design tool for landscape architects and construction professionals compared to conventional methods. The objective of this study is to gain experiential knowledge through the construction of common landscape items followed by a review of landscape design and construction professionals. The study concludes that reusing building materials scored highly in all categories of design criteria in comparison with the conventional products; however, there are numerous issues that thwart its mainstream use and numerous changes must be made for major reform to take place in the construction industry.