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dc.contributor.authorProctor, Nicholausen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines three uniquely different community engagement methods that explore the relationship between community values and the physical landscape in two Appalachian communities; Austinville, VA and St. Paul, VA. Each community engagement method is 1) introduced via literature review/case study, 2) modified from the case study to suit local conditions, and 3) analyzed for effectiveness in connecting local values and the physical landscape. I then reflected on this academic research through the lens of a three-year employment as a community development and natural asset planner with a 501(c)3 non-profit in southwest Virginia. The professional experience revealed five community systems that impacted the overall effectiveness of community engagement processes and had the potential to position communities, and their public projects, for a higher level of success. The community systems included: Capacity and Readiness, Involvement, Leadership, Communication, Frame of Reference and Community Vision. Research and professional practice together suggested that an intentional effort to understand and incorporate community values via community engagement ultimately led to more meaningful designs in the public sector.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.subjectCommunity engagementen_US
dc.subjectParticipatory designen_US
dc.titleThe Added Value of Community Engagement in Public Design for Landscape Architecture Professionalsen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Landscape Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Landscape Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineLandscape Architectureen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairKaten, Brian F.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKim, Mintaien_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBohannon, Cermetrius Lynellen_US

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