Of the thesis entitled: Forgotten Landscapes: Restoring our Rural Imagination
This thesis challenges the existing remediation approaches to problems of dryland agriculture in Western Australia by attempting to address the disconnect between consumers and their rural footprint. By examining and documenting site history, psychology of rural places, local wildlife habitats and ecological functions, performance requirements for remediation and long-term salinity management, the design of a new framework for land restoration using social infrastructure is developed. This design proposes an intervention that engages human and environmental dynamics to catalyze discovery and responsiveness towards rural systems and health. It promotes a diversity of social and environmental conditions within farming landscapes, leveraging under utilized land, flexible implementation strategies, cultural vestiges and existing infrastructure. Through research and design methods, this thesis hopes to reveal how an improved understanding of rural landscapes – by engagement with human scale intervention – can create cross collaboration and heightened awareness between urban and rural to develop a new consciousness of farmlands and the larger environment, for the benefit of ecological and human systems.
The examining committee is as follows:
Matthew Spremulli, University of Waterloo
Dr. Fiona McKenzie, University of Western Australia
The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
The Defence Examination will take place:
Thursday September 10, 2015
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.
7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4