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 thesis focuses on designing adaptations in order to reduce the impact of flooding in Miami, Florida. Flooding that is generated from stormwater, hurricanes and sea-level rises largely impacts upon Miami in terms of its transportation systems, eco-system and the daily lives of its residents. Even though a large number of adaptations have already been applied in some districts of this city, , such as improvement of pump stations and pipelines, the capacity and materials of those infrastructures still cannot resist the adverse impact brought by hurricanes or other natural disasters.

In order to understand the reasons why Miami has frequently been impacted by flooding issues, the research during Phase One mostly focuses on investigating the sources of the flooding problems, which includes those related to hydrology, the cultural impact of water, city structures and bio-abilities of this climate region. During Phases One and Two, some experimental models, such as CNC & projector models, are utilized to analyze the process of flooding and the vulnerability of infrastructure. During Phases Two and Three, the thesis identifies in-depth the most pressing issues and develops solutions in response. For Phase Three, several experimental models are built to test the proposals.



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