Title page for ETD etd-05042006-161510

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Garman, Keli L.
URN etd-05042006-161510
Title The Art of Designing a Meaningful Landscape through Storytelling.
Degree Master of Landscape Architecture
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Clements, Terry L. Committee Chair
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Member
Yglesias, Caren L. Committee Member
  • narrative
  • design (concepts)
  • Japanese gardens
  • design elements
Date of Defense 2006-03-22
Availability unrestricted
Meaning in the landscape is a concept that is receiving attention from many landscape architects asking the questions: how is meaning found in the landscape, or what makes a landscape meaningful? While there are many design processes that incorporate meaning into the design, it is the art of storytelling that the thesis investigates. The research for the thesis and a comparison analysis is performed on three texts, which explore meaning in the landscape. The three texts are Marc Treib’s “Must Landscapes Mean?”; Matthew Potteiger and Jamie Purinton’s Landscape Narratives, and Mark Francis and Randolph T. Hester, Jr.’s The Meaning of Gardens: Idea, Place, and Action. Applying these approaches to case studies has resulted in the finding of common ideas between the three texts. The commonalities led to my position that storytelling can be used as an approach to design, and that landscapes designed as a story narrative can be meaningful. The design project investigated the strength of the position on a site in the West Potomac Park in Washington DC. The story for the project is a Japanese folktale that communicates the culture of Japan. The project is a case study that explores if the set of design principles within the storytelling approach can invest meaning into a landscape.
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