Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Suzanne Mathew

Second Advisor

Theodore Hoerr


Surveillance City in A Post 9/11 Era is a thesis investigation trying to understand our privacy, perceived safety and public realm in the large context of evolving terrorism worldwide by promoting a conversation about how surveillance would change our city, our new relationship with the city under surveillance, and how people will live with surveillance in the future.

Phase one seeks to understand terrorism and terrorist attack in general, and the opportunities and limitations of the existing security design strategies that have been implemented by US government. In phase two, a specific investigation direction is determined and a series of perceived safety assessment are conducted in order to understand terrorism target, criteria of perceiving safety in public spaces, and the constrains and opportunities of the site to develop appropriate future strategies. Phase three is focused on the long-term discussion triggered by the extensive use of surveillance camera in New York after 9/11.

A radical city mode, SURVEILLANCE CITY , is provoked at the end of this investigation to promote a conversation to better understand how surveillance would change our city, the way we live and our new relationship with the city in the large context of evolving terrorism worldwide.



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