Date of Award

Spring 6-3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Adam Anderson

Second Advisor

Hope Leeson


As Phoenix, Arizona’s population has been increasing intensely in recent years, the city is facing a potential water crisis because of the over-extraction of underground water and a gradual decrease in water supply from the Colorado River. To solve the crisis, Phoenix has promoted water-saving lifestyles for citizens and built aquifers to capture stormwater and floods. However, these decisions are not inherently sustainable since they are too costly and centralized without enough consideration of different community contexts. Therefore, we need to rethink the water-efficiency system that is zoomed into the community level.

This thesis explores a water-collection model that is driven by both landscape features and community engagements. By building physical and social connections between community members and the water collection, we can create resilient cultures and landscapes that help to promote water efficiency. The thesis is also a manifesto of connecting urban populations back to the natural landscapes that enhance people’s environmental awareness for generations.


View exhibition online: Jiajun Ni, Celebrate Scarcity



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