From genius loci to sustainability
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This thesis explores the potential for approaching and expressing local identities of Athens Georgia by place-based landscape architecture design. According to the dominant qualitative and quantitative frameworks of sustainable site principles, the existing criteria for sustainable landscapes do not prioritize place-based design. However, by integrating broad sustainable principles with site-specific solutions, place-based landscape designs can reestablish the essential connections between natural and cultural landscapes. By analyzing place-based design projects and reviewing the literature focusing on place-based design principles, this thesis attempts to be an initial step toward producing place-based sustainable design guidelines for downtown Athens Georgia.