Masters Thesis

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Thesis – Chapter 1 Introduction: 1.1 Planning Today

“The fact is that the difference between a . . . good town and a bad town is an objective matter. It is the difference between health and sickness, wholeness and dividedness, self-maintenance and self-destruction. In a world which is healthy, whole, alive, and self-maintaining, people themselves can be alive and self creating. In a […]

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Thesis – Chapter 1 Introduction: 1.2 The Essence of Feng Shui

1.2 The Essence of Feng Shui Examine the two home entrances shown below. Which one makes you feel welcome? Which one repels you?     Figure 1.1 Rosemary Beach, Florida               Figure 1.2 Seacrest, Florida In the Rosemary Beach house, it can be conjectured that the residents are connected to the neighborhood and consider visitors as enhancements, […]

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Thesis – Chapter 2 Planning Today

“The great cities of Europe, long abuilding, were at once centers of political, commercial, ecclesiastical, and military power, and they showed it not just in their finely grained urban fabrics—their plazas, forecourts, esplanades, and galleries— but in the overarching civic consciousness with which buildings were tied together as an organic whole, reflecting the idea of […]

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Thesis – Chapter 2 Planning Today: 2.1 Sprawl

It should be noted that the residential sector is the largest user of urban space. It constitutes from 30 to 50 percent of the developed land in an urban area (Kaiser, Godschalk, Chapin, 1995). Jaquelin Robertson, in The Seaside Debates notes, “Since 1945, we have built a second America, as much as was built between […]

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Thesis – Chapter 2 Planning Today: 2.2 Street Design

“Suburbia may be paved with good intentions, but mainly it is paved” (Kelbaugh, 2002, p. 51).   “The traditional rectilinear “gridiron” street plan, despised by avant-garde planners of the 1930’s, and used almost exclusively by real estate developers up to that time, has … many things to say for itself. It provides a strong visual […]

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Thesis – Chapter 2 Planning Today: 2.3 Community

Community is the amenity most cherished by those looking for a place to live. According to Fannie Mae, Americans prefer a good community to a good house by a margin of three to one (Duany, Plater-Zyberk, Speck, 2000).  And yet, we continue to build subdivisions that thwart community at every turn. Life once spent enjoying […]

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Thesis – Chapter 2 Planning Today: 2.4 New Urbanism

As with every trend, another trend always comes along that is a reaction to what does not seem to be working in the current mode. New Urbanism is a return to the traditional neighborhood development values that had naturally evolved and enabled Community, before zoning effectively disconnected us from our work, from cultural and class […]

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Thesis – Chapter 2 Planning Today: 2.5 Physical Design and Behavior

Good design may not generate good behavior, but bad design can encourage bad behavior. Viable albeit poor neighborhoods were demolished and their inhabitants conscripted into these experiments (Pruitt Igoe & Cabrini Green), which went bad almost immediately. Any number of additional factors can also be held responsible for the crime and violence of these projects—including […]

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Thesis – Chapter 3 Planning Literature

“. . . there are certain rough patterns, more rooted in human events . . . which must be there together in order for us to experience the neighborhood as whole . . .  A boundary, certainly, more or less clearly marked; and gateways, not emphatic, but gently present where the paths that pass in […]

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Thesis – Chapter 3 Planning Literature: 3.1 Feng Shui

3.1 Feng Shui There are two primary schools of Feng Shui, the Compass school, which evaluates the movement of ch’i within a space in terms of compass direction, and the Form school, which evaluates the movement of ch’i in terms of land form or physical form, as in the symbolism of a mountain range that […]