Title page for ETD etd-01262005-133356

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Miyakoda, Kinoto
Author's Email Address kmiyak1@lsu.edu
URN etd-01262005-133356
Title Four Dimensional Presentations as a New Representation Method: A Proposal for the Use of Interactive Multimedia Presentation in Landscape Architecture
Degree Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.)
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dana N. Brown Committee Chair
Bruce G. Sharky Committee Member
Sadik C. Artunc Committee Member
  • interactive multimedia presentations
  • presentation methodologies
Date of Defense 2004-12-15
Availability unrestricted
Few studies on presentation methods in the profession of landscape architecture have been done in the past, because evaluating presentations raises primarily subjective issues. Today, interactive multimedia presentations offer an excellent opportunity to investigate the presentation methods employed by landscape architects,

gCan new communication technologies help to enhance the communication between the presenter and his audience?h This is the fundamental question addressed in this thesis. It explores interactive multimedia presentations to see their potentials, and considers ways to integrate various multimedia as presentation methods for future landscape architectural presentations.

The main terms, interactivity and multimedia, are explained to understand the features of interactive multimedia presentations. Conventions of traditional presentations and historical aspects are overviewed to deepen the meanings of presentation methods. An interactive multimedia presentation is actually produced to explore how multimedia can be effective tools and to document how the interactive multimedia presentations are produced. It used to be very difficult to represent the transitions between spaces in traditional paper board presentations; however, interactive multimedia presentations make it possible to visualize the transitions and relationship between the designed spaces three-dimensionally. Landscape architects today should make the most use of various media and utilize the new computer communication technologies to enhance their presentations. 3D modeling process greatly helps designers check and reevaluate their proposed designs as well. In fact, interactive multimedia presentations are useful not only for the presentations but also for total professional communication and educational purposes.

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