Applied Research Consortium

August 18, 2020

Re-imagining Landscape Architecture as Liberatory Praxis

ARC Fellow: Tera Williams
Degree Program: PhD in the Built Environment
Faculty Advisor: Lynne Manzo, Landscape Architecture
Firm: GGN
Firm Advisors: Azzurra Cox and David Malda
Project dates: Spring 2020 – Autumn 2020

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This project researches the public spaces designed for communities in the margin. These communities have often faced historic disinvestment and that disinvestment leads to a feeling that they are vacuums waiting to be filled rather than being interesting and complex in their own right. This project is grounded in environmental psychology with a specific focus on storytelling, place-based attachment, and the politics of belonging. This research surveys theory and previous public space designs to highlight successful design precedents for similar situations.