Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Suzanne Mathew

Second Advisor

Matt Donham


This research project is about how to connect political bordering urban systems through the natural structure for a coherent occupation between the built environment, ecosystems and resources following the Landscape Architecture lens that can address different scale systems simultaneously to create a holistic approach between them. And the proposition of a new type of landscape of this threshold territory as its own kind. Specifically looking at the bordering cities in the heart of the Amazon Region in South America that fall between Colombia, Brazil and Peru.

Why the Amazon?

Not only because of the usual fascination, but because of the crucial importance it has in the Earth’s well being. Being one of the most ecological diverse places in the world: holding 1 in 10 of the world’s known species1, comprehending 40% of the South American continent 2 and holding 15% of the planet’s fresh water 3. These type of landscapes have been left under the crystal-category-and-seal of “conservation”where a stance is needed by the rapid urbanization processes happening now which are accelerating each time more.

The Amazon region is composed of the watershed of the same name. This larger “water” system includes 9 countries with the Amazon River, the largest in the world, as the umbilical chord connecting and nurturing it.



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