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|Type of Document
||Henden, Linda I.
||Evaluating sustainability of community designs
||Master of Landscape Architecture
|Miller, Patrick A.
|Hull, Robert Bruce IV
|Skabelund, Lee R.
- community design
- sustainable communities
- suburban development
- landscape architecture
|Date of Defense
This thesis explores the meaning of sustainability, in both philosophical and practical
terms, as it applies to community design. It clarifies the meaning of "sustainable development"
and discusses the philosophies of certain landscape design paradigms associated with
postmodern environmental ethics and the concept of eco-development.
Information from the literature is synthesized into design goals and objectives grounded
in postmodern environmental ethics and eco-development These objectives are used as
criteria with which to determine the relative sustainability of selected urban fringe communities:
Cerro Gordo, Oregon; The Fields of Long Grove, Illinois; Golden, Colorado; Kentlands,
Maryland; Laguna West, California; Village Homes, California; and The Woodlands,
Texas. In addition, the philosophies, goals, and characteristics of the community design
strategies associated with each of these projects are reviewed. A rating system is developed
and employed in the community design evaluation process.
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