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|Type of Document
||A phenomenological understanding of an image of a city :touching water in waterfront cities
||Master of Landscape Architecture
|Kelsch, Paul J.
|Arceneaux, Kathleen D.
|Miller, Patrick A.
|Date of Defense
This thesis attempts to grasp the creation of an image of a city, taking the case of
waterfront cities where the presence of water becomes a sense of place. A phenomenological
method was employed for investigating actual waterfront cities: Boston, Chicago, and
San Francisco. Although a single method has yet to be established for studying a sense of
place, phenomenology was adopted because it deals with the relationship between an
environment and the experience of that environment. This thesis found some common
qualities between these cities in their fonns. These qualities seem to have a certain
relationship to the creation of the images of these waterfront cities. This study also brought
up the question of how to evaluate personal experiences phenomenologically. They are
related to the basis of this thesis. This shows us the difficulty of practicing the
phenomenology and the profundity of studying an image of a city. At the same time, it is a
step for further study.
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