Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Emily Vogler

Second Advisor

Jacob Mitchell


Written during the pandemic of 2020/2021 ,as people moved out of cities with new options to work remotely, we have witnessed a new trend of urban-rural migration. This study looks in detail at rural /suburban communities in southern New Jersey and asks how a planning framework and community engagement strategy can come together to coordinate urban-rural development at different scales. This thesis project applies two types of design strategies - “top down” as planning guidelines communication and “bottom up” as community-oriented design to bring residents in the conversation of town development, and in the long term stimulate regional development to solve the problems caused by previous migrations. Starting with analysis of the built environment, social relationships and nature resources in rural New Jersey, the project tries to identify the potential rural towns and to structure the strategies in 3 scales - regional scale, town scale and district scale. It comes up with main principles - “connection”, “concentration” and “preservation” to guide the regional development as “Urban/Rural Heterotopia”.


View exhibition online: Pan Chen, The 6th Migration - Rural/Urban Heterotopia



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