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dc.contributor.authorKattula, Steven R.en_US
dc.description.abstractSpeed has long been equated with "progressâ . The Romansâ paved roads begot much of this concept, allowing faster travel that improved communication, commerce, and enabled control over vast territories. Additionally paved surfaces whisked insect-breeding water away from homes, improving the health of those in town. Today, part-and-parcel of the definition of the developed world are tremendous amounts of solid surfaces, mostly asphalt and concrete, to move mechanized devices and water quickly. Even the shoes we wear could be seen as complementary technological devices, cushioning our feet to allow us to barrel forward more quickly along firm, manmade foundations. But the push towards this progress has had destructive consequences on our environment, including, but not limited to, our stream valleys. Often abutting intense, impervious development, the stream valley watersheds have morphed from spongy spines dense with aquatic life to de-facto storm sewers, with thick foliage merely masking severe erosion and paltry ecosystems. Quite simply, the speed at which the water is pushed down the ever-narrowed corridors as paved development encroaches, coupled with pollution from this fast runoff, renders the former fish streams dead. The recent advent of nature trails (following a mix of old hunting paths and former gristmill horse-cart ways), along unbuildable flood plains has exposed this problem in the Accotink stream valley in Northern Virginia. This thesis addresses the topic of water runoff of the Accotink stream valley and trail network. After analyzing and studying the area as a whole, the thesis focused on two scales: the larger scale of Fairfax Circle in Fairfax City in suburban Northern Virginia and a piece of this area -- a small section that acts as a threshold from urban village to natural park/trail/creek bed. This smaller section is also along the most eroded section of the Accotink Creek. At the â master planâ scale, the thesis transforms Fairfax Circle to a â villageâ using environmental remediation design principals to repair and regenerate this environmentally-degraded area. At the architectural scale, the thesis examines the site through the lens of the regional trail network along the stream valleys and the potential urban village at Fairfax Circle to design a trail-stop fitness center that straddles the break between conceptual urban space and repaired, stormwater-soaking stream valley.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectcross county trailen_US
dc.titlemotus et re-creation. Movement and re-creation on accotink creeken_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairFeuerstein, Marcia F.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEmmons, Paul F.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKelsch, Paul J.en_US

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