Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor

Michael Kubo

Second Advisor

Jacqueline Shaw

Third Advisor

Jocelyne Prince


This thesis delves into the integration of social and environmental remediation through innovative architectural strategies, focusing on the adaptive reuse of an abandoned copper smelter plant in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The project confronts the site’s industrial legacy by deploying contemporary programs that cultivate a productive, sustainable, and community-oriented environment. A pivotal aspect of the redevelopment is a phytoremediation system utilizing wetlands to purify toxic metal-contaminated water, thus restoring ecological integrity and providing clean water to the community.

At the heart of this transformation is the artistic integration of glassmaking, where flowers and plants that have absorbed metals through phytoremediation are encased in glass. These unique artworks symbolize transformation and renewal and visually represent nature's potential to transcend contamination. This endeavor highlights nature's beauty and resilience and serves as a compelling educational tool for environmental restoration.

The initiative further promotes community engagement by enhancing the quality of life for the elderly through new infrastructure for sports, wellness, and arts. It includes an artist residency program designed to support both local and international artists, thereby enriching the community's cultural fabric. By advocating for adaptive reuse, this initiative addresses significant environmental challenges, reduces the carbon footprint, and minimizes waste from new constructions, transforming the abandoned site into a vibrant community hub.



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