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 question of proportion between humans and urban animals is always existed but had been ignored for a while. Through COVID19,the early balance, which human as a dominant sign in the urban area seems been slightly broken and many “invisible” animals start to show up. This makes me think that is there another living mode between humans and animals.

The thesis project locates in Singapore. Asa country around by water, Singapore has countless river canal, with some of the rivers are more residential and quieter, some are famous hot tourism point. However, some of the rivers are similar, which because the otters once been recorded existing in these rivers.As omnivorous animals, the otters in Singapore are transporting freely between rivers, get used to finding different food resources, also they learned how to use the artificial cover, like the stair sand ladders as well.

As a sign of clean water, Singapore’s management of the water and otters are quite successful, but I’m still questioning that if there could be more human-otter interactions by landscape design. I tested these ideas by either create structures and create more habitat for otters.


View exhibition online: Yuxin Zhang, The Second Identity - Human & Otters Ha-ha



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