Like many students I began my thesis process with a completely different topic, namely Coastal Urbanism. Since I am originally from Hawaii I felt a deep connection to beach culture and therefore wanted to study its usage and zoning in an urban environment. The more I began to study this topic, the more I began to realize that what I really wanted to study was not just the usage of coastal land but all urban land in general. I took a step back and drew connections between the land and the people the live on it.
I found that this connection extended way past parks, schools and business districts; it intertwined with everything that defines urban life in general. This is where I began the bulk of my thesis research. I first had to find out what it really meant to be living in an urban environment and what made it so different from everything else. Then once I found this out I began to look at the people that live in this environment and examine what it takes for a population to successfully grow in it. By studying the impact that the built environment had on the population living and interacting with it, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of what exactly makes a livable city. This is where my thesis Living Urbanism exists.