The promise of landscape urbanism, the challenge of suburbia: gardens of cities, houses in garden and a house in a garden

Shechter, Shibboleth (2011) The promise of landscape urbanism, the challenge of suburbia: gardens of cities, houses in garden and a house in a garden. (MA(R) thesis), Kingston University.

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Abstract

A proposal for a “Landscape Urbanism Framework” for suburban neighbourhoods, with the suburban domestic garden as a key spatial concept and structuring element. Urbanisation is affecting the world's climate, water and biodiversity. Around 80% of urban dwellers in the UK live in suburban neighbourhoods, private domestic gardens take up around 40% of the land in these neighbourhoods. As such, suburbs and their gardens, are inherently tied into questions of land use and management as they relate to sustainability; however, both have traditionally been ignored or portrayed negatively by UK policy makers, academics and professionals. The reason is deeply rooted in a dualistic world view in which gardens and suburbs are considered liminal spaces. Landscape Urbanism is one of many new fields challenging this world view and emphasising the importance of finding a way to entwine nature and culture to accommodate urban expansion whilst protecting the natural environment. A review of the historic development of the UK built environment, highlights the importance of gardens in the suburban realm. A review of a growing body of current suburban studies highlights that the garden is key to the ongoing popularity of the suburban form. A review of new research in a range of fields, finds that the garden is central to the challenge of the long held view that suburban neighbourhoods are less sustainable than a compact urban form. A Landscape Urbanism framework, with the suburban garden as a key spatial concept, is used here to structure this new research and suggest a way that the suburbs could be designed to be more sustainable, giving a new meaning and role to the garden within them. A Landscape Urbanism framework in which nature and culture, pattern and process are considered at three nested scales: the garden and house, houses in gardens and gardens of cities.

Item Type: Thesis (MA(R))
Additional Information: This work was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Physical Location: This item is held in stock at Kingston University Library.
Research Area: Art and design
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture
Depositing User: Automatic Import Agent
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2011 21:39
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2014 09:38
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/20864

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