Approfondir l'analyse objective du territoire par une lecture subjective du paysage : Le cas de la Côte de Beaupré

Authors: Rivard, Erick
Advisor: Vachon, Geneviève; Després, Carole
Abstract: This research project proposes a characterization of the ordinary landscape of Cote-de-Beaupré, the exurban territory marking the easternmost limit of Quebec City’s metropolitan area. The study is particularly interested in the way such landscapes are perceived in the representations of their inhabitants and in the collective memory, as well as the manner in which they become, in time, vectors of local identity. Ordinary landscapes are everything but exceptional sites. They constitute “everyday” environments that are significant mainly to the local population. In a context of urban sprawl and dispersion, exurban landscapes are facing a profound transformation by way of generic development patterns that often compromise local character and identity. This work’s fundamental thesis stipulates that more sensitive and durable interventions within exurban territories require better knowledge and integration of the “holistic” nature of ordinary landscapes. The review of methods in the literature from related disciplines helps define both the objective (morphological, geographical, visual, sequential, etc.) and the subjective characters (revealed through memory, identity and aesthetics) of landscapes. The method elaborated for Côte-De-Beaupré’s exurban landscape is a combination of typo-morphological, visual (as based on Lynch’s "imagibility" concept) and perceptual analysis while also taking into account evolution through time, thus referring to a “perceptiogenesis”. Results are presented in the form of a subdivision of Côte-de-Beaupré into landscape units and a characterization of their morphological limits that together define the landscape continuum underlying architectural and urban design intervention. The results also explain certain phenomena such as the disappearance of the Saint Lawrence River from the collective representations of territorial identity. The conclusion identifies concrete strategies for future urban design projects.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2008
Open Access Date: 13 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/20327
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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