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Title: The theoretical principles of landscape architecture : an exploration of the core landscape theories and their applications, with special relevance to the contemporary landscape profession in Taiwan
Author: Ma, Cheng-Yi
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis presents research concerning the nature and underlying principles of landscape architecture. The whole research study is explorative; it is not about testing a presumed hypothesis, but it is a search for a better understanding of the theoretical groundings of landscape architecture. This thesis reflects the course of this exploration and addresses the outcome drawn from the study. The research was initiated by the concern arising from the widespread misunderstanding of landscape architecture in a particular country, Taiwan. While landscape architecture is recognised as a modern environmental profession with an Anglo-American history, the concept of this western -imported profession remains obscure to many Taiwanese people. A common question asked is: What is landscape architecture? This question is more profound than it appears, as it challenges the professional identity of landscape architecture. Knowing the shared theoretical stances of the field will help to strengthen the identity and cohesion of landscape architecture. Therefore, this research asks two key questions: What are the shared theoretical principles of landscape architecture? How are these core theoretical principles taken into account in practice, especially when applied in a specific cultural/local context? Through analysing a set of landscape projects in Taiwan, the universality and applications of the core landscape theories are explored and discussed. A further in -depth case study further explores the subcategories of landscape theories that were emphasised or emerged in the Taiwanese projects to learn more about the landscape practice in Taiwan. This research aims to achieve better understanding about the field of landscape architecture and the Taiwanese landscape practice.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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