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The published intellectual discourse on "Critical Regionalism" is more prolific in the literature of architecture and planning than that of landscape architecture. As a result, the existing parameters used to define regional elements are not always useful to landscape architects, particularly in rapidly developing areas in which there are few, easily recognizable, regional components to the landscape. This thesis uses the ideas embodied in Critical Regionalism as a means to reveal how selected landscape architects and landscape designers interpret the landscapes and architecture of Texas through their individual landscape design philosophies and methodologies. Specific methodologies for extracting regional elements from landscapes that lack any readily discernible, unique components are proposed. Examples of built projects are used to illustrate how selected designers have reinterpreted regional elements in a way that supports a new definition for a critically regionalist approach to landscape architecture in Texas. Such an approach provides a framework for the design of more unique and imaginative built landscapes in Texas that incorporate the psychological connectedness to place embraced by recent theories of Critical Regionalism.


Architecture | Landscape Architecture

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