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Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
Nick De Pace
This thesis explores the causes of the unprecedented disconnection of humans from nature experienced in modern society. To improve this disconnect, this proposal seeks to place the street tree at the intersection of nature and culture through urban installations that intensify urban sensory experiences. By strengthening human sensory perception, promoting stewardship through diverse participatory planting plans, enabling urban ‘foraging,’ creating community-led and household maintenance regimes, the street tree installations will increase public health outcomes and create environmental agency within the public realm. I sincerely believe that the ultimate mission of landscape architecture lies in encouraging a healthy, poetic, and joyful life that we deserve to live in, and I think that creative street tree design can accomplish this!
Qin, Xiuyan, "Emotional experience: An exploration of reestablishing the connection with nature through novel street tree planning in Providence, RI" (2022). Masters Theses. 945.
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