Livia Lima is a second year graduate student in the Master of Landscape Architecture program in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. She holds a B.S. in Architecture from Universidade Federal De Mato Grosso. A native of Cuiaba, Brazil, she is a Graduate Research Assistant and a member of the Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Livia received a 2nd place award in Spring 2016 This is Research Showcase graduate competition.
Lima’s research goals focus on the design of a new urban core: a planned development with a village atmosphere that maintains a sensitivity to protect the environment. The results of her research are a phased development that reflects a new resilient urban core. The Peninsula of Mobile is located south of downtown Mobile, Alabama. The area has approximately 11,500 under-served mixed-income residents and a diverse marine industry. Wetlands and water bodies, including the Dog River, surround it. The area provides habitat for a variety of animals, and its estuaries and marshes provide breeding ground for many marine species. Hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Peninsula has been slow to recover. Many businesses have not returned, and the loss of residents and jobs has been devastating to the community atmosphere.