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Author(s):Froment, José; Domon, Gérald
Author Affiliation:Froment: Landscape Architect and Research Professional, Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design and Lecturer in Practical Training and Course Lecturer, School of Landscape Architecture; Domon: Ph.D. and Landscape and Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture School, Faculty of Environmental Design and Associate Professor, Faculté de l'aménagement and Scientific Director, Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Qué., Canada and Member, Groupe de Recherche en écologie forestiére interuniversitaire (GREFI) and Co-Director, "Haut-Saint-Laurent: Ecology and Land Use Management"
Title:Viewer appreciation of highway landscapes: The contribution of ecologically managed embankments in Quebec, Canada
Source:Landscape and Urban Planning. Vol. 78, No. 1-2, October 15 2006, p. 14-32.
# of Pages:19
Publishing Information:Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Aesthetic values; Embankments; Environmental management; Evaluations; Landscape design; Surveys
Abstract/Contents:"Ecological management along highway corridors, involving a reduction in the frequency of the mowing of embankments, substantially changes their appearance. Plant colonies of varying heights, textures and colours are established. The effect of ecological management on aesthetic appreciation of motorway corridors is not well understood. It was studied along the Laurentian Autoroute in Quebec, Canada (A-15 North), by comparing sections managed under intensive and ecological management. A general characterization of the highway landscape was compared with the results of photographic inventories carried out by 38 regular users equipped with disposable cameras. A questionnaire was later sent to participants to evaluate the impact of the ecological management of embankment vegetation on the overall appreciation of the landscape. The results showed that blooming plant colonies were little noticed by the great majority of users. Elements of the natural setting did have aesthetic qualities, which were appreciated by users. The results also revealed that proximity with natural settings was greatly appreciated. Ecological management can thus facilitate the establishment of a pleasing connection between natural setting and user by replacing the lawns on the talus with indigenous vegetation. The results also suggest that user appreciation is not strongly linked to the highway embankment, but more likely to what the traveler is able to see. Ecological management of highway corridors has a role to play in the improvement of natural values and aesthetic appreciation, as long as embankment management is also linked to the landscape management of the surrounding landscape. This case study presents the opportunity to propose certain guidelines, which could inspire highway corridor management aimed at providing greater enjoyment by highway users."
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Geographic Terms:Quebec, Canada
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Froment, J., and G. Domon. 2006. Viewer appreciation of highway landscapes: The contribution of ecologically managed embankments in Quebec, Canada. Landscape Urban Plan. 78(1-2):p. 14-32.
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DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2005.05.004
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