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Ontario Place: A Place to Stand? A Place to Grow? A Biographical Approach to Landscape Research

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dc.contributor.advisor Perkins, Nate
dc.contributor.advisor Kelly, Sean Valadares, Desirée 2013-05-01T15:54:10Z 2013-05-01T15:54:10Z 2013-04 2013-04-15 2013-05-01
dc.description.abstract Ontario Place in Toronto has a long legacy of unfulfilled plans, conflicting interests and missed opportunities. Its evolution is punctuated by myriad socio-cultural, political and economic shifts. Landscape biography, an empirical research strategy, is used to capture the diversity, complexity and the transformational character of this landmark site through archival research and oral histories over five phases of development. With origins in cultural geography and social anthropology, landscape biography is a compelling analytic tool to study the evolutionary dynamics of landscape change. Ontario Place is closely examined within the broader context of Toronto’s post-industrial waterfront to highlight and explain contingent moments in this cultural landscape’s historical trajectory. Findings reveal that Ontario Place, like waterfront itself, is the aftermath of political indifference and short-term expediency multiplied over several years. A road-map is created to visualize long-term evolutionary cause-and-effect relationships and a framework is developed to provide guidance for future transformations of this public asset based on historically grounded research. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject landscape biography en_US
dc.subject Ontario Place en_US
dc.subject cultural landscape en_US
dc.subject Toronto's waterfront en_US
dc.subject punctuated equilibrium en_US
dc.subject biographical mapping en_US
dc.subject revitalization en_US
dc.title Ontario Place: A Place to Stand? A Place to Grow? A Biographical Approach to Landscape Research en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Landscape Architecture en_US Master of Landscape Architecture en_US School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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