Date of Award
Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
Elizabeth Dean Hermann
My thesis asks how transportation infrastructure in a shrinking city such as Detroit, can be redefined as a malleable, generative, efficient synthetic system that can develop, manage and distribute urban resources, production, knowledge and skilled labor.
To achieve this, the highway system can be entwined with other systems in the city, such as food, energy, media, education, and water and waste. In the process, it will be reinvigorated as an engine for the city, a center of productive energy versus mere connective tissue linking former factories to outer suburbs, ports and distant markets.
The thesis uses a “cradle to cradle” lens, one where all production is planned for and used as part of a system of use and re-use where the concept of “waste” becomes obsolete and is reframed as the next level of raw material needed to continuously nourish the system.
Wei, Jiapan, "Green arteries" (2020). Masters Theses. 593.
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