Date of Award

5-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Legacy Department

Landscape Architecture

Advisor

Powers, Dr. Matthew

Committee Member

Schurch , Dr. Tom

Committee Member

Lycke , David

Abstract

Utilizing existing transmission power line corridors and increasing their uses through the implementation of an infrastructural recreational element helps to preserve existing natural areas while increasing the recreation amenities in the areas. These corridors, often considered an eyesore to many, provide an opportunity to become beautiful public greenspaces which can act as recreational amenities, economic drivers, and providers of alternative transportation infrastructure. With the use of transmission lines being a necessity in supplying the energy needs of nearly all regions of the United States, the adaptability of this greenway system, model can be adapted by other communities throughout the country with similar corridor layouts. While these corridors have been utilized in many areas of the U.S. for single trails or as components of larger greenway systems, creating a comprehensive network primarily comprised of these corridors has yet to be done. This thesis project aims to uncover the issues and constraints which would be associated with a transmission corridor greenway and will attempt to offer design solutions and guidelines for these spaces which conform to the right-of-way regulations as imposed by the local power entity. The plan proposed in this document will attempt to unite the region while connecting the various sites, attractions, and recreational components of Upstate, South Carolina.

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