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Title: Front gardens as mirrors of attitude : form and function of front gardens in urban context
Author: Liu, Jingjing
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2017
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Front gardens as a unique feature of urban housing, were slowly being paved or reduced of planting to provide practical uses for their owners. In general, the front gardens in the modern era were valued less for their horticultural purposes, or potential benefits in wind speed reduction and flood prevention. Instead, front gardens were being valued for providing parking spaces and storage facilities to the owners. It became a standard solution for most garden owners to pave their front gardens as a means of reducing maintenance. Although it was not confirmed through the course of this study that a large front garden was more likely to be converted into front parking, findings from the street survey revealed that preference of garden size was personal and subjective. According to the data from the in-depth interviews, 90% of participants in both areas were aware of local environmental issues. However, their attitudes towards their front gardens revealed that most of them have a biased understanding of these issues because of environmental numbness. Whilst participants expressed their concerns about flash floods in Sheffield, many of them had front gardens that were covered with impervious materials, either completely or partially. The findings also studied the impact of physical elements of front gardens, such as its depth and accessibility, on the participants' perception of their front gardens.
Supervisor: Woudstra, Jan Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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