Design process to integrate natural and human systems

Deshande, A.M., 2003, Design process to integrate natural and human systems, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Author : Deshande, A.M.
  • Year : 2003
  • Pages : 89
  • Publisher : Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Abstract in English : After more than a century, there are very few examples of excellent interdisciplinary work in landscape architecture, like the “Emerald Necklace” designed by Fredrik Law Olmsted or Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord by P. Latz. Most of the projects still have only one purpose: the are either reserved for conservation as are the great national parks or are planned for recreational development that ignores natural systems. In 1993 American Society of landscape Architects defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of present without compromising the future” Thus designers to understand how natural and human systems work and design for the protection of our environment as an integral part of any development. Landscape architects achieve this by borrowing principles of legendary works like the Emerald Necklace’ combining those with new technology to met changing cultural and ecological needs. This thesis asserts that sustainable development should be achieved by reconciling human systems and its effects on the surrounding environment by using and revealing natural systems to spread consciousness and earn attention and care our environment. Suitable analysis, regenerative design, and ecological design are various design processes to create developments, which can respond to both natural and human needs. The thesis project, Riverside Park and Biomedical Complex in the South Jefferson redevelopment area in Roanoke explores how a design process, consisted of framework for ecological design and principals of eco-revelatory design, can help to plan a sustainable development, which uses and reveals natural systems to reconciling human systems and its effects on the surrounding environment. The project demonstrates how a multidisciplinary approach towards landscape design can help to create a multifunctional design that meets the, ecological and cultural, needs of the present without compromising the future.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: Ecological landscape design, sustainable design, sustainable design process, natural system, ecology, human system. This thesis is to download: []