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dc.contributor.authorSpatz, Andrew Bernell
dc.description.abstractThis thesis highlights case studies that describes groups that visit “naturalistic” and ecorevelatory spaces designed by landscape architects. The results point to a demographic that is more educated and wealthy than the general public, leading to the conclusion that landscape architecture, while a discipline that focuses on the greater good, is inextricably bound to the upper class. Whether through private work or funding for public parks, the two actors have strong influence upon each other. The influence of landscape architects upon the elite is examined, with the assertion that practitioners can be the root origin of environmental ethics for this class. This influence can be harnessed to create a new landscape of wealth, power and influence that is based around holistic, systemic designs. This new landscape can result in cultural change, with the general public aspiring to join the upper classes in making environmentally responsible decisions.
dc.subjectLandscape Architecture
dc.subjectLandscape Urbanism
dc.subjectEco-Revelatory Landscapes
dc.subjectCulture Change
dc.subjectPerception Shifts
dc.subjectUrban Meadows
dc.subjectTurf Grass
dc.titleTrickle down landscape architecture
dc.title.alternativehow harnessing the influence of an elite demographic can facilitate a change in the perception of naturalistic landscapes within the general public
dc.description.departmentCollege of Environment and Design
dc.description.majorLandscape Architecture
dc.description.advisorBrad Davis
dc.description.committeeBrad Davis
dc.description.committeeUmit Yilmaz
dc.description.committeeDouglas Pardue

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