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|Title: ||Experience of landscape: understanding responses to landscape design and exploring demands for the future|
|Authors: ||Ward Thompson, Catharine Joan|
|Supervisor(s): ||Whyte, Iain Boyd|
|Issue Date: ||26-Nov-2010|
|Publisher: ||The University of Edinburgh|
|Abstract: ||The research that forms this thesis is a portfolio of seven published papers
together with a critical review, set out below, which gives a general overview
of all the work. The work covers a period from the 1990s until 2008, with
publication dates spanning a decade.
The research has developed from an early interest in exploring the nature of
landscape experience, responses to past and contemporary landscape
designs, and what benefits people might gain from engaging with such
landscapes. It has also reflected a desire to raise standards of scholarship and
research in landscape architecture. The portfolio of work addresses three
broad themes, interconnected but requiring different approaches in terms of
method: the distinctiveness of place and design responses to it; design of
public open space for the 21st century; and understanding people’s
engagement with the natural environment.
The research addresses the following questions and is presented under these
headings, each representing a different strand or focus of attention.
a) History, prototypes and local distinctiveness: what is the role of
historic design prototypes in contemporary landscape architecture
and how can an understanding of them enhance sensitivity to local
distinctiveness in new design?
b) Urban open space: how can an understanding of the history of
landscape design inform the way urban open space is designed,
planned and managed in the 21st century and what new paradigms
might there be?
c) Experiencing the landscape: how do people perceive, use and respond
to green landscapes in their local environment, and what factors
influence engagement with and benefit from such natural
The outputs in this portfolio are shown to have influenced other researchers
as well as policy makers and practitioners; they are reflected in citations of
the work and in government agency initiatives to develop new approaches to
accessing the landscape. Finally, a conceptual framework is offered for
understanding and responding to people’s diverse experiences of landscape.|
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