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dc.contributor.authorPerry, Katherine Elizabeth
dc.description.abstractWhile sustainable landscape designs help preserve and restore important ecological processes, this thesis proposes that designing a sustainable future is much larger than what can be accomplished with any site-level design. The key to environmentalism lies in the social realm and landscape designers have the opportunity to use the formal aspects of design to help the public connect the actions of humans to the less obvious patterns of the natural world. This thesis explores the idea that designed landscapes can potentially transform the way that humans relate to nature, and proposes a framework to guide the design of this type of transformative experience of nature. The framework, based on analysis of existing research then refined through case study analysis, is finally evaluated as a design tool through a projective design for a public greenway in Birmingham, Alabama.
dc.subjectEco-Revelatory Design
dc.subjectEnvironmentally Responsible Behavior
dc.subjectEnvironmental Stewardship
dc.subjectLandscape Aesthetics
dc.subjectLandscape Architecture
dc.subjectLandscape Perception
dc.subjectLandscape Preference
dc.subjectPublic Landscapes
dc.titleDesigning transformative experiences
dc.title.alternativeredefining the human-nature relationship
dc.description.departmentCollege of Environment and Design
dc.description.majorLandscape Architecture
dc.description.advisorMarianne Cramer
dc.description.committeeMarianne Cramer
dc.description.committeeDavid Spooner
dc.description.committeeKevin Kirsche
dc.description.committeeRobert Bryant

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