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

Robyn Reed


This thesis starts with the ideological thinking of the interconnected and interdependent relationship between humans and non-humans. Taking the tree as an example, this research focuses on rethinking our urban built environment, and dynamic urban ecotones where humans and trees cohabitate.

It reframes the city from the bottom up with the consideration of root ecology and canopy ecology, focusing on this important metaphor for the infrastructure of the city. The goal is to develop healthy, productive co-dependencies between natural and man-built environments.

It proposes a utopian point of view for our cities and imagines a forest city with an asymmetrical street, shared spaces for the tree, cars in parking lots, new green networks, and a new community understanding of the importance of trees in our lives. It hopes to awaken people’s awareness and interests in trees then expand and build empathy with non-human elements of our world.


View exhibition online: Chengyu Ke, Re-Foresting: Cohabitation of Human and Trees



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