Evaluating Landscape Architectural Grading Designs with a Terrain Complexity Index

dc.contributor.advisorCorry, Robert
dc.contributor.authorDawson, Corey
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-11T17:43:54Z
dc.date.available2016-05-11T17:43:54Z
dc.date.copyright2016-05
dc.date.created2016-05-05
dc.date.issued2016-05-11
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Environmental Design and Rural Developmenten_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Landscape Architectureen_US
dc.degree.programmeLandscape Architectureen_US
dc.description.abstractNatural landform shapes efficiently organize materials and functions with slope forms evolving towards stable states called equilibrium. Slopes have linear, convex, and concave forms with concave being the most stable and linear the least. More complex, heterogeneous shapes control runoff, allow biodiversity and are attractive. Landscape designs can alter terrains with surface geometry for drainage and safety objectives based on grading standards. Landforming designs diversify slopes while conventional grading implements more simple, homogeneous shapes. My project evaluated alterations from grading designs by comparatively analyzing existing and proposed terrains. A data sample of 17 landscapes were gathered from landscape architects, analyzed with a Compound Terrain Complexity Index (CTCI) that calculates surface area ratio, curvature, elevation variance, and relief, generating a proportional terrain complexity change. Results identified the CTCI as a useful measure of terrain complexity change, showing samples of increased and decreased values. Total curvature was influenced most by grading tendencies.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/9664
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectLandscape designsen_US
dc.subjectNatural landform shapesen_US
dc.subjectSlopeen_US
dc.subjectGrading standardsen_US
dc.subjectLandforming designsen_US
dc.titleEvaluating Landscape Architectural Grading Designs with a Terrain Complexity Indexen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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