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Landscapes for Justice

Elizabeth Walinder + Maya Tuiasosopo

Margarita Hill

March 2021

Landscapes for Justice is a communications project at the intersection of landscape architecture and environmental justice, reaching an audience through a website and an Instagram account. Focusing on five categories of concern including: air pollution, soil and water pollution, access to green space, food insecurity, and community identity, this project offers a variety of ways to work towards creating safe and healthy environments for all people. By focusing on systemic environmental injustice, this project will outline and convey best practices from a landscape architectural framework as well as providing access to additional resources, empowering a wide variety of users to take action into their own hands. In creating multiple online accessible resources, individuals, community groups, and designers can begin to understand the possibilities and complexities in combatting injustices in their own homes, communities, and project sites.

Check out our website at:
Follow us on Instagram at: @landscapesforjustice

Categories of Concern + Site Application

This section outlines our 5 categories of concern and sites across the U.S. we have identified through research as facing issues relating to one or more of these categories. Through comprehensive site analysis and demographic studies, we determined specific neighborhoods and communities where there is opportunity for landscape architectural design intervention to mitigate the specific issues they face.

Take Action – Best Practices

The best practices recognized here vary in scale of application, target audience, and appropriate setting. Each best practice can be applied to multiple categories of concern, highlighting the diversity and power of the role landscape architecture can play in communities across the nation. These practices are the foundation and gateway to exploring, learning, and extending the reach of the intersectionality between landscape architecture and environmental justice.



We are close friends, students, and emerging young professionals. In facing the challenge of virtual learning, we also faced a global pandemic, the ongoing climate crisis, and a racial justice movement. As a result of these extraordinary circumstances, we were inspired to form a thesis that could be used as a meaningful resource. Landscapes for Justice formed at the intersection of a shared passion for landscape architecture and social equity. We hope this project can act as a positive influence, an educational resource, or simply a place to start for visitors navigating their own personal and extra-personal challenges.

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