Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Suzanne Mathew

Second Advisor

Theodore Hoerr


When it comes to the future of Miami, what else could be instead of waiting to be swallowed by the sea?

This thesis starts with a group pre-research on different aspects related to the rising up sea-level in Miami. By analyzing the existed urban fabric and typologies, the author tries to use the current segregated open space in every block to create a new open space system to reduce the sea-level-rise influence. Therefore, the goal for the thesis is to provide a powerful and gynamic open space system to the rising sea-level.

The thesis is structured in three phases. In Phase one, by analyzing the flood-related issues including where the water come from, the failed urban infrastructure system and the influence to the ecology and people, the author get a holistic understanding of how terrible the climate is in Miami, where and how the water comes to Miami, what people have done to reduce the impacts and who has already been attacked by the water. In Phase two, half of the effort is dedicated to knowing a detail information about the vulnerable neighborhoods through the field trip to Miami. And the other half is dedicated to understanding the site by analyzing the neighborhood typologies to get to know the potential of the existing vulnerable neighborhoods condition. In Phase three, time is spent on identifying and establishing typical blocks design under a series of resilient strategies in neighborhood scale. Through the analysis in phase two, three typical blocks are identified to cover all the blocks in Miami, “mid-tree”, unpermeable and the affordable apartments. With every typical block redesign, a water collect area is created as a contemporary collection basin, with the other area are designed to drain and slow the draining process.

The thesis ends with a design stage zooming out from single block scale to the whole neighborhood scale. It will create several green corridors which not only serves as a flood resilient areas but also offers recreational places for the vulnerable neighborhoods which only have some concentrating spots around some street corners now.



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