Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Leslie Lee

Second Advisor

Claire Fellman


This thesis focus on investigating on revealing the powerful Quabbin to Boston water system. In Boston, whenever we turn on our tap, our shower head, there is water coming out. Being driven by the curiosity of want to know the source of the water, the research eventually get to know the Quabbin Reservoir. Being fascinated by the giant body of water which provides water for people of the big Boston, in phase one the research begins with finding the hidden story of the displaced people who lost their land because of Quabbin reservoir. However, the way of the researching cannot show the sublimity of Quabbin, so in phase 2 the researcher then continues investigating the components of the whole system during which she found that the hidden part of the system-----the giant size of the infrastructures of this system are really impressive and make her feel very sublime, so she decides to show the sublime feeling of the infrastructure via design. She also does a form study based on the way water flows under the force of gravity. Finally in phase three, the researcher starts to work on identifying the issues of the site, by applying the framework on the site, she is able to come up with some strategies. Also, by extracting the size elements of the pipes and layouting them on the site, combining with the structure she got from the water flow form study, she is able to come up with a design which works mainly on the landform for revealing the system and provide space for people to use.



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