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 [Continue]
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. [Continue]
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 [Continue]
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 [Continue]
Coming on Earth Day, April 22, 2017 – GOERT and the RNS Program will be holding BioBlitzes at Beacon Hill Park, Uplands Park/Cattle Point, and the University of Victoria campus. This is a 24-hour event allows you to be a citizen scientist, with experts identifying species present in the field. There will be activities for [Continue]