In the spirit of discovering nature in the city, urbanecology.ca has created a website called Beyond the Pail to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary. The website is a response to the “bucket list” that has the effect of diminishing the value of where you are and what you are doing. Beyond the Pail is a series of stories that revolve around mindfulness, listening, insight, deep ecology and presence using nature as a theme.
Having spent a sabbatical earlier this year with trips to Oxford and San Francisco, Val shares his images and impressions about the urban forest and novel ecosystems he observed in these two landscapes along the theme of layered landscapes. The presentation is available here in two parts – Part 1 and Part 2.
To really make the simple concept of layered landscapes and ecological restoration work in a design appropriate for a given site requires a process of discovery of the site’s past history, current influences, and future impacts. This process of understanding a site is sometimes called “listening” and encompasses ecological, social, and political factors and values. Each can be seen as a layer and the site and its future design is defined by all the layers taken as a whole. Previously, a typical toolbox for ecological restoration included using native species, working with ecological processes such as succession, and using historical ecosystems as restoration targets. However, we are now aware that restoration is more complex than that. Historical and social context is just as or even more important in determining the success of projects. In these two lectures we will review examples of restoration projects around Greater Victoria that reveal the layers involved and how they have shaped restoration projects. You can download the slide shows for the talks Layered Landscapes 1 U Vic and Colquitz (9 MB) and Layered Landscapes 2 Listening and EM (5.3 MB).
WEEC 2017 in Vancouver, BC, in September, 2017, was an opportunity to present interactive poster papers on Metaphors for Ecological Restoration and Ecological Restoration in Cities.The metaphors presentation described the business Apostels Model, healing the body and reducing risk as dealing with uncertainty to teach concepts in ecological restoration. Restoration in Cities described novel ecosystems and layered landscapes as new approaches to ecological restoration in anthropic habitat.
Welcome to this month’s Siteline readers. To browse through RNS students’ ER390s, check here or under the “RNS Student Papers” tab.
I was very honoured to be the Guest Editor for the August 2017 edition of Sitelines, the magazine of the BC Society of Landscape Architects. It was great working with Tara Culhan (Executive Director)., Stephanie Nguyen (Co-editor), Odette Hidalgo (Graphic Designer) and Randy Sharpe. Thanks to all the contributors and to my wife Anny for all of their help. A copy of the Sitelines Guest Edition is available at:
Beacon Hill Park
Organizers chill before the counting begins: Jon Wiersma (CWF), Catherine Keogen (UVic), Elizabeth Gammell, (CWF), Garry Oak, Val Schaefer (UVic), and Britten Jacob-Schram (UVic), in Beacon Hill Park.
Uplands Park and Cattle Point
Margaret Lidkea (Friends of Uplands Park), Octavio Cruz (UVic, in red hat), and friends on the foreshore.
University of Victoria
Jake Muntz (UVic) and friends at the University of Victoria Camas meadow.