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Mark Westa, Dr. James C. Kaufman, Dr. Richard L. Schwab, Dr. Mary J Fischer

Field of Study

Plant Science


Master of Science

Open Access

Open Access


The real problems, needs and opportunities of urban neighborhoods are not being served by conventional models of urban planning and sustainable development. The city of New Haven, Connecticut will be studied to develop a framework for planning and design of the public realm (public space/place/landscape) which addresses urban neighborhood sustainability through a social lens, using a mixed-methods, transdisciplinarity research model. Geospatial data on social capital and cultural vitality indicators will be integrated with other sustainability indicators to create a quantitative analysis component. Development of a participatory design process to foster social bonding, creativity and sustainability inquiry will comprise a qualitative component for the framework.

Major Advisor

Kristin Schwab