This thesis would have not been possible without the guidance, support, and rich conversations with brilliant individuals who were eager to engage in the process of creating a framework for how landscape architects and scientists can expand on their collaborative efforts in the wake of the After Plastics era.

I would like to extend my most sincere thank you to my thesis adviser, Rosalea Monacella for your guidance and truly fascinating discussions throughout this process. You have pushed my analytical and design thinking to limits that have doubtlessly enriched the project, as well as my position within the landscape architecture field. I would also like to thank Craig Douglas, for your perpetual feedback this semester that benefited to a much more clear and cohesive delivery of such a complex topic.

In addition, the following individuals have had a great role in the development of this project: Stephen Ervin, Steven Handel, Mark Heller, Nicholas Lee, Mercedes Peralta, Paola Sturla, Charles Waldheim, Emily Wettstein, Min Yeo.

Thank you to my family and friends who have supported me through this process, and thank you Ergys, my other half, for your unconditional encouragement from day one. Last, but not least, thank you to my cats Ines and Ersa who have kept me in good spirit when I was encountering stressful energies.