Affecting Sustainable Changes in the Individual Through Landscape Architecture: A Case Study of the University of Virginia

Research Paper
Author:Manville, Annie, Global Environments and Sustainability ProgramUniversity of Virginia

In the long trek towards creating a sustainable society, universities play one of the most significant roles. They serve as laboratories for defining what it means to be a sustainable institution, and as educators and moral influencers of the next generation of informed citizens. Sustainability initiatives at many universities still focus mainly on technical and economic fixes, with some minor focus on equity and social dynamics. The inner world and consciousness of the individual, as well as aesthetics and beauty, have mostly been ignored as significant factors in the creation of a sustainable society. Landscape architecture is a field that has the potential to explore both of these factors through the design of outdoor spaces on campus that inculcate sustainable values in individuals and increase the inhabitant’s own sense of well-being. This work was prepared over the course of one semester, for the capstone class of the Global Environments and Sustainability major program at the University of Virginia, and was completed with advising from Professor Phoebe Crisman, who is a member of the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Architecture as well as the Director of the Global Environments and Sustainability major.

landscape architecture, holistic sustainability, campus sustainability, sustainability, environmentalism, sustainable architecture, sustainable design, beauty, aesthetics, environmental aesthetics, inner sustainability, personal sustainability, University of Virginia, GSVS, GSVScapstone, GSVS2020
University of Virginia
Published Date:
29 May 2020