Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Nick De Pace

Second Advisor

Colgate M. Searle


This project takes the relationship between birds and humans in the city as a starting point and raises questions about the characteristics of the ideal relationship between humans and non-humans in the city. After analyzing Manhattan as an example of typical grid cities, an aerial ecosystem on the rooftops is proposed to answer this question and it forms the beginning of future research. As a toolkit project, I propose design strategies that can be applied to many cities by classifying and analyzing the building types and their suitability for avian habitat. Humans are a part of nature, and cities are a part of ecology. Technology is still advancing, and cities are constantly expanding. Our influence on our surroundings will never be eliminated. As a consequence, we must face them directly and respond to the issues of urban density actively. The design proposals developed in this work aim to awaken the wild in our hearts yearning for nature in cities. Although our lives are overwhelmed by information, when bonds can be built with birds and other non-human creatures, city living is improved by these precious interactions.


View exhibition online: Yu Fang, Blur the Boundaries



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