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Symbiotic Urban Parks: Exploring Design Aesthetics, User Experiences and Ecological Services

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Title: Symbiotic Urban Parks: Exploring Design Aesthetics, User Experiences and Ecological Services
Author: Chao, Ku Wing
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Kelly, Sean
Abstract: Increasing ecological awareness and the availability of green technologies are transforming the contemporary urban park landscape. This research explored new design innovations that incorporate ecology to create new values and experiences of urban parks. A literature review helped to understand the design evolution of urban parks. The High Line and Brooklyn Bridge Park located in New York City were selected as case study sites to analyze their approach to design and innovation, and questionnaires were conducted to further understand visitors’ experiences, behaviours and expectations. Interviews were conducted with four key informant landscape architects to identify the demands, challenges, and approaches to public green space design. The findings revealed that programming variety and connectivity, free-flowing design aesthetics, and designed wildness for biodiversity were key relationships for creating resilient and high performance green spaces. Future research could include measuring the performance of park ecology, resource metabolism, and park maintenance strategies.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8858
Date: 2015-05
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