Date of Award


Document Type

Terminal Project

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture


Paul Russell

Committee Member

Martin Holland

Committee Member

Hyejung Chang


Since the decline of the influence of Modernism on style, landscape architecture had been lacking any avant-garde stimulus from which it could evolve its own expressive force. Instead, a persistent, impersonal academicism was spreading. That’s why we had to develop new aesthetics in landscape architecture in order get the people emotionally connected with their living environment again. The question of how land art can be learned to design landscape architecture especially in an urban area and public space will be explored in this thesis. The thesis attempts to explore the experience of land art through an intensive literature research and review of precedent project examples. Also discussed is how land art developed within the discourse of landscape architecture, and how land art through aesthetics challenges our perceptions of landscapes. Landscape architects and artists are often asked to generate scenarios on what can be done next with these sites. Learning how to give people experience from space and time from land art, landscape architecture can exaggerate the medium of nature, furthering our understanding of what nature actually is. In a society where the dependency on natural resources is staggering, land art can bring to people’s attention cultural phenomenons that are undervalued or exploited, like for example our relationship to nature. Land art is used to develop the aesthetic experiences within a landscape resulting in a new appreciation for the experiential landscape architecture.

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