Integrating inclusive design concepts into landscape architecture:
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Environmental justice and the growth of homeless population demonstrate the need for positive integration of inclusive design with landscape architecture in public space. Inclusive design concepts provide a prerequisite to creating a framework and Participatory design offers a method of understanding, accommodating and advocating the needs of people experiencing homeless. The purpose of this thesis is to continue the discourse and synthesize research with emerging landscape and architectural design approaches and develop inclusive empowering landscape guidelines, and apply to the site in Athens, GA, to help empower people who are experiencing homelessness. The significance of this research lies in its ability to empower homeless, to provide models for sharing space between diverse users, to address and give voice to larger issues social and environmental justice.