Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Department

Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Emily Vogler

Second Advisor

Michael Blier

Third Advisor

Eric Kramer

Abstract

We are losing, we are forgetting, we are moving forward, we are adapting to the dynamic world. Just like the growth and regeneration circle of the forest, cultures, and cities are all regenerating themselves based on what they have, what they have lost, and what has been erased. Memories of the past are essential parts of our modern society; they reflect our current situation and are also a metaphor of the future.

As designers, when facing a landscape which has been partially ruined or erased, how can we help people to reconnect themselves with what has been erased, rebuild their mental perceptions to live with memories and move forward?

Wildfire is a strong expression of erasure. It erases homes, structures, lives, and memories. When it’s gone, people face the wreckage: the broken land, the sense of insecurity. As designers, we have the possibility to help people face these hurts and rebuild their homes and perceptions. This design proposal is a response to the devastation after the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, California.

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