Siggins, Lucie Jacqueline
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This thesis responds to the need in the profession of Landscape Architecture for a more holistic definition of sustainability, as one that incorporates the artistic aspects of the field. Adapted from Dr. Laura Musacchio's research, it argues for the inclusion of aesthetics, experience, and ethics in addition to the traditionally recognized pillars of sustainability: equity, economics and environment. Minimalism is introduced as a guiding tool to do so, given its inherent experiential qualities and connection to the landscape. Minimalism is first studied, as it exists within the three distinct design fields of art, architecture, and landscape architecture, before being applied to the redesign of an existing park site in Marfa, Texas. The design is guided by six design principles and eventually critiqued through the same lens. Ultimately, this thesis argues for an equal balance of social function, ecological processes, and aesthetics in the landscape, while proving that minimalism is not simplicity but rather complexity, distilled.