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Title: Grant Park vs. Millennium Park: evolution of urban park development
Author(s): Chen, Feixue
Advisor(s): Sears, Stephen; Emmerling-DiNovo, Carol; Rost, Craig
Department / Program: Landscape Architecture
Discipline: Landscape Architecture
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.L.A.
Genre: Thesis
Subject(s): Grant Park Millennium Park urban park development public-private partnership
Abstract: The research focuses on Grant Park and Millennium Park to determine the mechanisms of urban park development and its evolution throughout the 20th century in Chicago. Both the parks both played a significant role in park development for the city, and are used in this work as comparative case studies to examine the circumstances in which decisions were made regarding public spaces. This thesis demonstrates the crucial influences of the public and private sectors in the establishment of public parks, and how these influences control the design process as established by landscape architects. This research also makes a close examination of evolution of public-private partnership in urban park development. This includes the shared goals and motivations, the private interest in public space and the mechanisms of achieving equilibrium between oppositional interests. This thesis makes a contribution by providing designers, such as landscape architects a way to understand the evolution of urban park development, which would thus give designers an opportunity to be part of public process and take more proactive measures in order to promote a shared vision and get more people involved in the process.
Issue Date: 2013-05-24
Rights Information: Copyright 2013 Feixue Chen
Date Available in IDEALS: 2013-05-24
Date Deposited: 2013-05

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