Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effect, form, affect: An exploration of vernacular landscape form change using the context of a traditional fishing village
by Frey, Larry Paul, Ph.D., University of Florida, 2013, 744; 3584461
Abstract (Summary)

My study explores historic significance and form change in the vernacular landscape of the traditional fishing village of Cortez, Florida, using context. It makes primary inquiries into landscape form change, determinants of change, and historic significance.

My methodology is a qualitative exploration of landscape form pursuant to a historic study span from 1887 to 1946 that documents historic activities and interprets findings according to three form periods. It evaluates 14 contextual indicators within three sets that include village layout, building mosaic, and extended vernacular. This includes a subset of intangible forms that are not purely physical in character. By looking at these form sets across the periods, I recognized changes to both the physical and intangible form indicators. I performed a thicker analysis of certain forms to address my question of form change determinants, and to enhance intangible form discussions.

My findings reveal elements of stability and instability among the historic landscape form sets. All but three of the 14 indicators changed or remained stable similarly across the spectrum. Eight changed significantly across all form periods. The form of the landscape was found to be more contextual, and perhaps more significant as it rolls outward from the dwelling area to the waterfront conglomeration. In spite of prominent form changes and losses of integrity and significance, early kinship cultural build-up in the village linked to commercial fishing allowed enhanced localized stability compared to regional counterparts.

My findings also revealed four major determinants of landscape form change including, technology, encroachment, historic precedents, and individual decisionmaking, with the latter determinant appearing to be the most influential. This appears to have been due to personal freedom, preference, and economics reflected as part of the inherent fishing culture.

The results of my study, while certainly not complete, do reveal certain determinants of vernacular form change, and also open up discussions about how forms changed over periods of time so that a better understanding of their historicity, and/or significance from a historic preservation viewpoint is better articulated.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Williams, Sara K.
School: University of Florida
Department: Design, Construction, and Planning
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 75/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Landscape architecture, Cultural Resources Management, Architecture
Keywords: Cortez, Florida, Cultural landscape, Waterfronts
Publication Number: 3584461
ISBN: 978-1-321-04858-2
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