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Landscape architects and citizen participation: A study of the Boston Southwest Corridor (1976-1986)


1997 1997

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Abstract (summary)

This dissertation examines the responses of landscape architects to citizen participation while working on the Boston Southwest Corridor, a multi-purpose transportation project which involved landscape architects between 1976 and 1986. Conclusions were drawn from interviews with twenty-three landscape architects who were involved on the project, and interviews of an additional twenty consultants and residents. In addition, the source material relative to the project was researched.

Findings reveal that landscape architects had responded in a variety of ways to citizen participation depending on the location, and the income level of the community involved: three areas were noted, the gentrifying and relatively affluent South End of Boston, the low income and high minority Roxbury/Mission Hill area, and the middle-income sections of Jamaica Plain and Forest Hills. Landscape architects' various approaches to design and design creativity are discussed, with assessments given as to their relations to citizen participation. The dissertation concludes with recommendations that landscape architects acknowledge the role of citizen participation as part of their practice, based not only on their experiences with the Southwest Corridor, but also on their professional priorities as revealed during interviews.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Landscaping;
Political science;
American studies
Classification
0390: Landscaping
0615: Political science
0323: American studies
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Massachusetts
Title
Landscape architects and citizen participation: A study of the Boston Southwest Corridor (1976-1986)
Author
Crewe, Katherine
Number of pages
250
Publication year
1997
Degree date
1997
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 58/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
0591597950, 9780591597950
Advisor
Dines, Nicholas
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9809322
ProQuest document ID
304357055
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304357055
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