Landscape Architecture Thesis and Degree Project

Edward Adams; Growing East Boston 

This Thesis project is a phased Remediation, Implementation, Development and Adaption proposal for East Boston's Waterfront. He proposes a modular framework of marsh beds to heal the water and contaminated soils, which will then permit food production. He proposes modular housing and mix use development, which fi nally probes the adaptation of cultural values on land ownership and space. Should the need to abandon the site occur due to sea level rise, the modular systems is partially transportable or easily reproducible. Edward believes that the potential to reconnect humans with nature is plausible through these processes.

Terrence Duffy; The Void

This Thesis project proposes the revitalization of Gloucester's underutilized industrial fishing harbor into a new mix-used community. He has turned the edge over to the public, and placed new, properly scaled housing and mix-use complexes and limited parking inland. He argues that cities like Houston should be more like Venice or Portland, and geared toward people, not cars. Terry has demonstrated his technical expertise in laying out healthy streets and harbor walks, maximized the open space experiences, and the harbor's potential for the Gloucester community and for people to access.

Gabrielle Weiss; Amelia Earhart Dam

The Mystic River was once feared, revered, and heavily utilized for everything from food to power. As heavy industry and shipping have declined in the Boston Metro Area, the Mystic has slowly faded into the background, forgotten because of its location among vacant industrial sites, and lower income neighborhoods. Improvements have begun, notably a constructed development at the wellington T station and a similar development and T station at Assembly Square. However, neither of these projects gives the mystic river the attention it deserves. Water quality problems, both because of toxic dumping by chemical and other industrial companies, or urban runoff from combined sewer overflow pipes dumping directly into the river further distance the public from any desire to access its banks.