Date of Award

5-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Legacy Department

Landscape Architecture

Advisor

POWERS, MATTHEW NEAL

Committee Member

NASSAR , HALA FOUAD

Committee Member

FORD , DANIEL J

Abstract

As a developing country with a booming of economy and increase of population, China is in the different process of coexisting between old and new. This is particularly significant issue when one considers the long history and significance of Chinese culture. This study examines historic districts in the ancient Changsha city; the study proposes a design for an integrated green space network, aiming at sustainability for future urban expansion that addresses environmental concerns and culture heritage. This study uses case studies selected from United States, worldwide and vernacular China. Results at the neighborhood scale, include a new green space organization, consisting of residential public open spaces, shaded sidewalks, and riparian strips. As well-connected entities, these small proximate enclaves provide opportunities for residents to have day-to-day contact with nature. They also serve to resist undue urban influences and intrusions (Chen 2003). Additional results suggest that, the green space design associated with the historic districts has the ability to contribute positively to urban renewal, sustainability, and culture transmission. Finally, the study processes designing new urban green spaces to provide aesthetically pleasing physical and psychological environment for the future urban dwellers.

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