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


With the future depletion of mineral resource, huge quarry pits will be remained in many areas in Massachusetts. They are like vast “scars” laying beside the urban fabric which create a sense of “urban sublime”. They exist abhorrently but definitely have significant influence on the region at many levels, such as ecology, hydrology, economy and society. Moreover, the abandoned mine pits have become a global environmental issue. How to deal with these “scars” will be a vital topic in the future.

In phase 1, the researcher focused on the study of quarries in Massachusetts and the recognition of “Urban Sublime” in the West Roxbury Quarry and neighborhood. The research was conducted by doing site visit, information gathering and analyzing, and collaging.

In phase 2, a developed study of the site, West Roxbury Quarry and the neighborhood, was made by doing interviews with local residents, mapping of current conditions and model making. The thesis question was clarified as “How can a framework plan for the West Roxbury neighborhood stage a series of sublime experiences while transforming the community’s relationship to the site over the next thirty years(2020-2050) from a working quarry to an urban park?”

Finally, the design intervention, a phased framework plan, was proposed in the third phase. The framework includes three phase plans and each phase is incorporated with urban sublime specifically. The landscape transformation from a working quarry to an urban park also rebuilds the relationship between the quarry and the neighborhood



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