A thesis is a thematic proposition offered for discussion and debate, typically developed through a piece of original research specific to a discipline at the end of an academic program. Theses are produced through various methods as appropriate to the disciplinary commitments of academic fields across the research university. Design research is propositional and projective rather than simply empirical or descriptive. It is characterized by its capacity to propose alternative and better futures while simultaneously producing disciplinary knowledge in design. Candidates in the Master in Landscape Architecture Program elect to pursue independent design theses at the culmination of their graduate work. The projects presented here represent original thematic propositions put forward through design research to stimulate discussion and debate. In this sense, they are as much about design discourse and disciplinary formation as they are propositions for how things ought to be.
John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture
Director of the Office for Urbanization