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DoLA's Green Infrastructure Landscape Lab (GILL) is focused on developing and evaluating innovations in sustainable urban water management at multiple scales—from the gutter to the watershed. We employ evidence-based design processes to inform the design of various nature-based interventions for watershed health in semi-arid environments. Students working with the GILL lab have opportunities to combine creative design skills with the rigorous methods of science and consider how site-scale insights can be upscaled to city-wide impacts. Students also build their capacity for design research by participating in various lab and field-based water quality monitoring, computer simulations of urban hydrology and GI performance using the latest modeling tools and get their hands dirty with real-world pilot-scale green infrastructure interventions in partnership with local stakeholders.  
Prospective students interested in joining GILL research are encouraged to inquire about the accredited BLA and MLA programs offered by DoLA. 

Outdoor Lab

GILL Outdoor

The GILL outdoor lab includes a semi-controlled split design experimental bio retention cell. It is intended to test and evaluate the water quality performance of various plant palettes and substrates suitable for use and replication in semi-arid climates.



Farmbot Genesis XL Farm Bot

Our outdoor lab is equipped with two Farmbot Genesis XL units.  This cutting-edge, open-source technology offers the latest in computer-aided precision planting, weeding, watering, and imaging. We will use these in conjunction with our experimental plots to allow more precision in a semi-controlled field setting. 

NeuLog biometric sensors 

BiometricBiometric sensors attach to the human body to evaluate a range of real-time data including heartrate, pulse, and galvanic skin response (GSR).  We use these sensors in conjunction with visual or other stimuli to better understand human perceptions to simulated landscape conditions before they are built.

Onset HOBO field monitoring station

HOBOAllows for precise, real-time monitoring of various local environmental conditions (such as rainfall, soil moisture, wind speed, etc) without the need for on-site power or data cables (GSM/Cloud-based data transfer).  

Our current setup of monitoring the following parameters: 
-Soil Moisture 
-Solar Radiation 
-Wind speed 
-Wind Direction 
-Temperature + Relative Humidity    

YSI Water quality monitoring 


One of the goals of green infrastructure is to mitigate the negative environmental impacts of surface water pollution in and around our cities. We utilize a range of water sampling and monitoring equipment to assess the water quality of local streams, lakes, and rivers. 

The lab is equipped to measure the following parameters: 

Hydrological Modeling 


GILL utilizes a range of cutting-edge hydrological modeling software to create computer simulations of surface water phenomena.  This tool allows designers to better understand environmental challenges and consider the potential impacts of their interventions. 

Construction & Maintenance tools 

We have sets of heavy-duty power tools for construction and maintenance of the outdoor lab. These tools were used to make the outdoor lab by us making the lab an efficient one and creates opportunity for learning construction works in a safe environment. 

Principal Investigator:

Daniel Phillips

Daniel Phillips, PhD, FAAR 
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture 

Current Research: 

Assessing Green Infrastructure performance in semi-arid environments  

Provisional Green Infrastructure for Megacity watersheds (Global South context) 

Evaluating the perception and performance of novel ecosystems in urban environments  

Recent publications: 

Phillips, D., &  Jamwal, P. (under review). Assessing performance of local substrates for treatment of dry weather flows in open drains: Results of a pilot study in Bangalore, India. Ecological Engineering. 
Phillips, D., et al (under review). Assessing catchment-scale performance of in-stream Green Infrastructure interventions using SWMM-based TOPSIS. Landscape and Urban Planning. 
Phillips, D., & Lindquist, M. (2021). Informal diffusion of green infrastructure innovations in Indian megacities: perspectives from innovators and potential future adopters. Urban Water Journal, 1–18. 
Phillips, D., & Lindquist, M. (2021). Just weeds? Comparing assessed and perceived biodiversity of urban spontaneous vegetation in informal greenspaces in the context of two American legacy cities. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 127151. 
Phillips, D., Jamwal, P., & Biswas, D. (2020). “Provisional Green Infrastructure: Trans-disciplinary approaches to address contamination in urban streams.” Water Science and Technology: A Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research. 

Current Students: 

Shuvo Datta, MLA Student 


Kamrul Hasan, MLA Student