Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture


Landscape Architecture

Major Professor

Curtis E. Stewart

Committee Members

Thomas K. Davis, Bill Park, Ken McCown



Throughout history, land has been treated as man's platform for development and expansion into new territories and the basis for our current infrastructure. Understanding existing properties and characteristics of the land has become imperative to successful development and strong networks that connect human beings to one another. As we discover ever changing natural tendencies, we are prone to rethinking the way in which the land is engaged from a developmental and conservational standpoint. Coexisting with natural processes of the earth and the land is of utmost importance to the success of human systems using it as a base for growth.

Land is becoming very scarce as the human race expands its network, which makes the term "Conservation Development" an integral part of the future of infrastructure. Conservation Development is defined as the process of planning, designing, building, and managing communities that preserves landscapes or other community resources that are considered valuable for their aesthetic, environmental, cultural, agricultural, and/or historic values (McMahon, 2010). Critically analyzing potential sites prior to any ground work is vital to successful conservation development. Specifically, Bristol West is a challenging site and as with every site it has specific constraints and opportunities for development. If developed using traditional methods, it has the potential of being built upon without responding to the existing features and natural resources, which could potentially lead to economic and environmental problems. Some problems include wildlife corridor interruptions, flooding problems within the site and contextually, destruction of the character and "sense of place" of Bristol, unsuccessful business applications, and strip development.

The appropriateness of conservation development to a site in Bristol will be examined through analyzing existing topography, natural drainage patterns, wildlife corridors, and relationships to surrounding context. Strip development of the site could hinder the economic and environmental integrity of Bristol, TN if certain issues are not addressed throughout its planning process. Therefore, more responsible development strategies are explored as well as how economically efficient the site can be for its surrounding context and the City of Bristol, Tennessee.

Precedent 1.pdf (832 kB)
Hidden Springs Conservation Easements

Sheet 1.pdf (3519 kB)
Precedent Studies Analysis

Sheet 2.pdf (3375 kB)
Site Views

Sheet 3.pdf (3923 kB)
Site Views and Features

Map 1.pdf (7029 kB)
Bicycle Routes

Map 2.pdf (2282 kB)
City of Bristol, TN Zoning Map

Map 3.pdf (8988 kB)
City of Bristol, TN Urban Growth Boundary Map

Map 4.pdf (39090 kB)
City of Bristol, TN/VA Existing Land Use Map

Map 5.pdf (24033 kB)
City of Bristol, TN Proposed Future Land Use Map

Map 6.pdf (1003 kB)
Bristol West Existing Land Use

Map 7.pdf (10825 kB)
Existing Slope

Map 8.pdf (8821 kB)
Slope Building Suitability

Map 9.pdf (3522 kB)
Existing Soils

Map 10.pdf (8124 kB)
Soil Pastureland Suitability

Map 11.pdf (8124 kB)
Soil Agriculture Suitability

Map 12.pdf (8124 kB)
Soil Woodland Suitability

Map 13.pdf (8124 kB)
Soil Building Suitability

Map 14.pdf (8124 kB)
Soil Drainage Suitability

Map 15.pdf (11621 kB)
Existing Aspect

Map 16.pdf (7155 kB)

Map 17.pdf (84 kB)
Existing Site Drainage Network

Map 18.pdf (11901 kB)
Existing Vegetation

Map 19.pdf (4210 kB)
Potential Wildlife Corridors

Map 20.pdf (16394 kB)
Existing Circulation

Map 21.pdf (2305 kB)
Suitability Map

Map 22.pdf (1095 kB)
Proposed Land Use Map

Map 23.pdf (3302 kB)
Final Master Plan

Map 24.pdf (1263 kB)
Bristol West Sections

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