Title page for ETD etd-05152003-154813

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Keith, Ryan H.
URN etd-05152003-154813
Title How Form and Function Create Community in the Middle Landscape
Degree Master of Landscape Architecture
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kagawa, Ronald M. Committee Chair
Bork, Dean R. Committee Member
Kane, Brian P. Committee Member
  • Lorton-Laurel Hill
  • Function
  • Mixed-Use
  • Middle Landscape
  • Form
  • Planning
  • Streetscape Design
  • Urban Form
Date of Defense 2003-04-10
Availability unrestricted
The middle landscape, more commonly referred to as Suburbia, has become spatially discontinuous, lacking the cohesive union, open spaces and city centers that once defined community. Presently, the middle landscape’s community spaces do not offer the opportunity for familiar and chance encounters or ritual activity. Large-scale housing development in Northern Virginia and in the mid-Atlantic region is continually segregating and ultimately destroying community and all links to the area’s history.

Located in Southern Fairfax County, the newly abandoned Lorton Central and Maximum Security Prison Facility provides an opportunity to serve as a catalyst for community in this area. This thesis investigates the historic precedence for creating successful community centers. The author’s personal investigation is focused upon using form and function to accomplish this vision. By adaptively reusing the existing architecture alongside new construction, the intent is to create a dense urban town center at the abandoned historic site.

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