Campus Units

Landscape Architecture

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2-1-2015

Journal or Book Title

Landscape Journal

Volume

34

Issue

2

First Page

161

Last Page

176

DOI

http://dx.doi.or

Abstract

Access to social data on human experience of place has never been more available than now. Social media, smart phones, and the Internet of Things provide glimpses into individual activity across the globe. The nearly-boundless stream of information is called “big data.” Today, physically and even socially disconnected individuals can benefit from the similar experiences of others to adapt and change their environment. I argue that big data provides two critical benefits for landscape architecture research and practice: (1) big data opens a window into previously inaccessible human experiences of designed environments, introducing new metrics for evidence-based design and new ways of improving design literacy; and (2) the design, planning, and management of the land—especially in cities—can benefit from scraping big data to support urban ecological design. My study of YouTube use in New Orleans shows that big data can advance landscape research to support positive, interdependent relationships between people and built environments. Landscape architecture would benefit by harnessing this resource to better understand relationships with place and encourage individuals to participate in the design, creation, and evolution of cities.

Comments

This manuscript is from Landscape Journal, 2015, 34(2); 161-176. Doi: 10.3368/lj.34.2.161. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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