Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Elizabeth Hermann

Second Advisor

Courtney Goode


The drought is a threat to our planet and our way of life, causing serious consequences for both people and the environment. These consequences include crop failures, food shortages, water conflicts, and so on. Arizona is currently at the center of the water crisis affecting the American West. The state depends on the Colorado River for a third of its agricultural and urban water needs. However, the river is shrinking due to drought, leading to water scarcity in the region. Rebuilt Relationships Between Agriculture, Ecosystem, and City in the World of the Drought: rethinking regenerative landscape practices in the drought-prone area selects a site threatened by drought to demonstrate a proposal for a system of improving water efficiency and rebuilding relationships between agriculture, ecosystems, and the city. The drought is not the primary cause of water shortage; Rather, urban, and agricultural development’s overexploitation of water resources causes the ecosystem to lose its water-harvesting functionality. Drought simply reveals the fact that the relationship is out of balance. This thesis aims to use regenerative practices as a tool to increase urban and agricultural water cycle practices and restore the local ecosystem. The goal is to achieve a sustainable relationship between water use and recharge.



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