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

Ann Kearsley


The topic of this thesis is to figure out how landscape gentrification happened and what we can do to decelerate the process. The first phase of this thesis includes a brief introduction and definition to the term “Gentrification“, its history and the process. Discussions about how such a situation would influence communities and related people would also be mentioned in this part. The last part in this phase is the analysis of some recent research about gentrification world wide. The second phase is a transition from gentrification to landscape gentrification. This part analysis of the cause and effect of landscape gentrification, listed several recent approaches that were accomplished by workers from various disciplines. The final part is an attempt to come up with a new evaluation system. The third part began with using the previous system to test and analyze a few communities. Then we proposed a design strategy based on the research. The last part would be some specific design movement. Finally, this thesis came to a conclusion that we as landscape architects, could only do things that within our discipline to raise people’s awareness towards landscape architects. It is better to let the people choose what is best for them and their neighborhoods.


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