Title page for ETD etd-12012004-184036


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Geronilla, Kristina
Author's Email Address krgeronilla@hotmail.com, kgeronil@vt.edu
URN etd-12012004-184036
Title Re-presenting the Waterfront: revealing the intersection of human and natural processes
Degree Master of Landscape Architecture
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Johnson, Benjamin C. Committee Chair
Bork, Dean R. Committee Member
Katen, Brian F. Committee Member
Keywords
  • waterfront park
  • fluvial and estuarine processes
  • revelatory landscape
Date of Defense 2004-09-02
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Water and waterfronts are appealing to almost any person, as a visitor or designer. This study challenges the author's design processes and understanding of the landscape as the sculpted meeting ground, intersecting human and natural physical processes. It progresses from assumptions through collaborated ideas of others in a literature review through case studies of various waterfront situations and finally to the design project of the Jones Point waterfront in Alexandria, Virginia. Here the intermingled aspects from cultural activities over time and local, physical movement of land by water are assessed to be revealed and enhanced for the visitor's benefit, use, and connection with place. For it is the author's belief that the landscape and space can be sculpted, experienced, and imagined for the purpose of connecting us to a larger framework of living systems on this planet and beyond. The design extends the city to the waterfront and vice versa with an understanding of both physical processes and cultural choices to the point of being unable to distinguish action from reaction.
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