Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2024

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access


Melissa Nemon


The significance of land use policy entails the key areas of land use planning, infrastructure development, and urban sprawl. Situated in a densely populated area with a large waterfront, the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts is a community with immense potential to revolutionize the urban landscape. The artistic movements from cultural influences within the city are growing which shows clear benefits to increased placemaking through community events. Artistic works are a tool for engaged advocacy for social justice in both informal and formal settings. This project proposes a series of three sustainable art digital projects that will illuminate land justice issues. Using the art projects as a model, four interviews were conducted with leaders at community organizations who work in the Dorchester and Greater Boston area. The interviewees gave feedback that demonstrated positive comments, concerns, along with land use creative ideas for future redevelopment. The interview led to ideas on how this project could potentially adapt to fit the technological era with social justice advocacy. As a guide for future land use policy investigations this project could bring a spotlight on redevelopment of land infrastructure. Further research could involve gathering feedback from diverse creatives who represent marginalized cultures before implementing the model.