River North Greenway: strategizing a generation 4 greenway as a dynamic mosaic

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dc.contributor.author Murman, Christie
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-10T14:39:02Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-10T14:39:02Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05-10T14:39:02Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/4101
dc.description.abstract Greenways are an evolving landscape form, adapting to the needs of humans through time. Rooted in the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, greenways have progressed to become an international movement. Throughout this progression, three generations of greenways are recognizable—Generation 1: Parkways and Boulevards, Generation 2: Trail-Oriented Recreation, Generation 3: Multi-Objective (Searns 2002). Given the ideals of sustainability that drive our contemporary society, a fourth generation is poised to emerge. Responsive to sustainability, the fourth generation will be envisioned as a holistic system, structured within the frameworks of landscape ecology theory as developed by Richard Forman, and expanded with the progressive thinking of Jack Ahern and Kristina Hill. River North Greenway in Denver, Colorado is prime for transformation. Compromised by its industrial context, yet vitalized through the flow of the South Platte River and the infill development growing up the valley from Downtown Denver, River North will be re-defined as a holistic system. Utilizing the spatial pattern and process dynamics that define ecological theory (Forman 1996), abiotic, biotic, and cultural functions (Ahern 2007) will become the fundamental elements in strategizing the greenway as a multi-scalar dynamic mosaic (Hill 2005). River North Greenway will become a complexity of cultural activity and abiotic and biotic health, balancing programmed space with the enhancement and restoration of ecosystems. It will transform the City of Denver, enriching the connection between the city and its river, the people and nature. With its rich history and present potential, River North can become a timeless piece of Denver’s urban landscape, shaping meaningful human experiences and preserving nature within the built environment for future generations. In turn, it can propel the greenway movement towards a fourth generation. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Landscape architecture en_US
dc.subject River North Greenway en_US
dc.subject South Platte River en_US
dc.subject Greenway planning and design en_US
dc.subject Landscape ecology en_US
dc.title River North Greenway: strategizing a generation 4 greenway as a dynamic mosaic en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Melanie F. Klein en_US
dc.subject.umi Landscape Architecture (0390) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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