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Designing Public Open Space to Support Seismic Resilience: A Systematic Review

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Title: Designing Public Open Space to Support Seismic Resilience: A Systematic Review
Author: French, Emily L.
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Landman, Karen
Abstract: In the wake of major earthquakes, public open spaces become hubs for both short-term disaster response efforts and support longer-term recovery needs. At present, few open spaces are actually designed to support these intermittent but critical uses. Currently, there is no consolidated body of knowledge or resource for landscape architects designing for areas of high seismic risk. This thesis identifies ways in which landscape architects can proactively plan and design open space to support seismic resilience. A systematic review of both grey literature and peer-reviewed academic papers was conducted. The results of the systematic review identified ten key themes. These themes contribute to developing a foundation for landscape architecture and allied design disciplines to better incorporate seismic resilience into the planning and design of public open spaces.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/12121
Date: 2017-12
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