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A Landscaped Architecture for Hawaii: Strategies for Designing with Natural Systems

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Title: A Landscaped Architecture for Hawaii: Strategies for Designing with Natural Systems
Authors: Swan, Laurel
Advisor: Leineweber, Spencer
Issue Date: Dec 2012
Abstract: The burgeoning sustainability movement is the beginning of a new era for design. This thesis explores the ways in which natural elements can be more sensitively and intentionally integrated into the built environment as a way to progress sustainability goals. The first three chapters of this thesis describe the role of natural systems for three vital characteristics to lasting architectural expression: function, form, and meaning. Function is enhanced by an ecological cooperation with the local environment; form is driven by aesthetic innovation that enriches psychologically imperative sensory stimulation; and meaning is derived from a connection to a place specific cultural heritage and value system. There is then an examination of contemporary expressions in ‘green’ architecture that have integrated natural elements more fully on, in, or around the built environment, in what this author has called a ‘landscape architecture’. Through a multi‐disciplinary and multi‐angled approach, the author has sought to identify themes underlying an increased integration of natural and built environment to serve as guiding principles for design professionals in Hawai`i.
Pages/Duration: 242 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/45674
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