Landscape Architecture Thesis Final Presentations S22

Earlier this semester, Landscape Architecture Thesis students had their final presentation. Read about their research and projects on A+D News.

Sam Halish’s project is about [re]generative design in landscape architecture. Utilizing John Lyle’s theory of regenerative design, Sam’s work is about site transformation into a fusion of three fundamental concepts: the ecological properties of remediation through site cleansing, the social and cultural properties of community growth and development, and the ability to evolve through adaptation and change.

Elle Hinman’s Senior Project is titled “Working With Water: A Managed Retreat of Riverview.” She is looking at managed retreat in a residential neighborhood that moves at-risk residents and structures away from the water’s edge and leverages newly created open spaces as green infrastructure for resilience.

Alex Arshadi’s Senior Project is titled “’ Futurizing The Timeless Way” which refers to how he is using emerging technologies, including virtual reality, to replicate an ancient way of designing and building places. It was common for people to design by roughing out ideas on the site with stakes, rope, lines in the dirt, etc., and finish the details as they built out. This is a beautiful way of working, but it is impractical for modern practices. So, [he is] performing this ancient process in a simulated version of his site in virtual reality, where mistakes aren’t permanent and collaboration with users is more effective.

Megan Lester’s senior Project is titled “Designing a Landscape to Aid in the Treatment, Recovery, and Prevention of Substance Abuse in Roanoke, Virginia.” Her project seeks to create a multi-faceted landscape that utilizes ideas from therapeutic landscapes and sustainable community design within the idea of a network.

Joey Troia’s project, titled “How to Take One Step”, is an inquiry into how we might find political-economic agency in landscape architecture through a reading of the landscape that includes the landed circulation of capital, and a location and design of public space with that in mind. This project is sited along an easement between the Port of Savannah and the ‘formal’ city of Savannah, Georgia, a seam between production and consumption. The space seeks to become a part of the everyday landscape for neighboring communities, while monumentalizing points that might be operationalized during periods of collective, labor-adjacent political frustration.

Lainey Bessette has focused her Senior Project on how to successfully incorporate landscape architecture into domestic violence shelters to improve the healing process for survivors.

Sam Worley and his Senior Project, titled “How Deep is the River?” is exploring how to uncover the deep history of a post-industrial site in Radford, VA, and weave its existing order and conditions into the design of a lasting riverfront heritage park.