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 research-based thesis uses Miami as a site to investigate how landscape intervention can contribute to adaptation to sea level rise (SLR) and shifts it will bring to this region in the future. The whole thesis is divided into three phases and each phase has specific objectives and builds foundations for research and experiments in the next phase.

Phase One: Possible Future of Freshwater Wetlands in Miami Depict a full picture of the impact that sea level rise has had and will have on the city of Miami with particular emphasis on wetlands. The investigations include overlaying sea level rise projections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with other information in order to hypothesize future SLR scenarios, and identifying a potential test area for the next phase.

Phase Two: Alternatives under SLR: Living with Water Explore SLR footprints based on the selected site in terms of plant communities, surrounding neighborhoods, traffic and potential benefits it may have for people. Study possible approaches that can equip typical fragile region with capacity to live with SLR issue.

Phase Three: Spatial Strategies: Protect and Adapt Unveil more details of the site with spatial and dimensional explorations conducted by digital modeling, sketches and models. Develop comprehensive strategies for the site to survive and evolve under future treats. Utilize typological or sectional studies to suggest a future alternative.



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