Date of Award


Document Type

Terminal Project

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture


Dr. Mary G. Padua (Chair)

Committee Member

Dr. Robert Hewitt

Committee Member

Dr. Hyejung Chang


The key point of this thesis project investigation is "health" and the main topic of this study is "people". The overall goal is to explore design strategies to convert outdoor spaces into therapeutic gardens for everyday well-being. The basis of this thesis design investigation is the analysis of the user needs of the USC School of Medicine in Greenville, South Carolina and the surrounding community, along with an analysis of the characteristics of the adjacent outdoor space fronting Grove Road. The guiding design principles in terms of healthy environment, is be based on a theory that the healing properties of outdoor spaces should satisfy the demands of multiple user groups. The analysis of five cases and the case study method served as the basis for formulating design strategies and ideas for ways to spatially organize the outdoor space; the goal was that the healing function would provide psychological and spiritual support for different users and a sense of well-being.

Additional Files

Ge_Tang_MLA_Final_Board_Spr_2016_LARC_8910.pdf (1122 kB)
Final Board

Ge_Tang_MLA_Final_Defense_Spr_2016_LARC_8910.pdf (5417 kB)
Final Defense