Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Suzanne Mathew

Second Advisor

Robyn Reed


This is a thesis carried out in three phases. Phase 1 and Phase 2 are research-based, and Phase 3 is exploring the future design schemes under the principles and criteria that have been set up in Phase 1 and 2.

Phase 1 is focused on understanding the water dynamics and major issues in Miami, questions like why Miami is so vulnerable to flooding, and where the water comes from are answered. The conclusions of this phase are scientific principles of how water behaves and how water is managed in the South Florida region. Moreover, critical issues caused by flooding and sea level rise are identified.

Phase 2 is more specific research and analysis of the conditions along the canals in Miami area. Sea level rise will cause flooding not just coastal but also inland along the canals. Inspired by the historical conditions of the Everglades, the author defines the concept of this thesis to revive floodplain in Miami, to bring back floodplain structures in urban area and let flooding express its dynamic, thus to make the city more resilient. This phase includes research and information that would help the author narrow down time scope and site to design with.

Phase 3 is systematic analysis and schematic design showing how the thesis concept is realized in space. Case studies are carried out to examine what has been done in precedent projects. Detailed landscape design is the focus to express how the author’s intentions are displayed in the physical landscape.



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