Title page for ETD etd-44922241971540

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Poston, Stephen K.
Author's Email Address sposton@vt.edu
URN etd-44922241971540
Title Place In The Middle Landscape
Degree Master of Arts
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
O'Brien, Michael J.
Pittman, V. Hunter
Gartner, Howard Scott Committee Chair
  • architecture
  • retail
  • suburban
  • urban
  • commercial
Date of Defense 1997-01-29
Availability unrestricted
The ideals of a democratic society coupled with the vast expansiveness

of the American landscape have led to settlement patterns within the

urban environment that are distinctively American and non-traditional.

The continual tension between principles of collective majority rule and

rights of individual equality has led to an identifiable urban form that is

neither city, with its collective characteristics, nor country, with its

sense of individual freedom, but a vast middle landscape where the

majority of Americans live, work, shop, and recreate. The current

middle landscape has developed into a place where accommodation of

the automobile, providing its sense of autonomous movement, dictates

the form and order of the built environment. While investing great

efforts toward the development of means of movement between places

- the places them- selves have been forgotten. The middle landscape,

a legitimate urban form rooted in the history, culture, and natural

environment of American city development, has become a place that is

vastly scaled and oblivious to human existence. The thesis is an

examination of this middle landscape with an attempt at the making of

place within an otherwise place-less environment.

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