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GOING WILDER

BIODIVERSE CITY
We need look no further than cities for global
precedents. Paris, France, offers "biodiversityfriendly" certification for public parks that
meet established standards for "differential
management" practices, such as reduced
grass cutting and water usage, elimination
of pesticides and composting. Closer to
home, the City of Vancouver has published
official Boulevard Gardening Guidelines that
encourage residents to repurpose these
public spaces for native plants, and even
food production.
Vancouver offers many other wonderful
examples. A stroll along the west side of
Columbia Street between 17th and 18th Avenue
in Mount Pleasant evokes the sensation of
walking through a wild garden. The Mole
Hill community in the West End contains a
green laneway - designed by local landscape
architecture firm Durante Kreuk Ltd. - that
incorporates informally arranged edible
plants, community gardens and stormwater
management while prioritizing pedestrians.
Adjacent to Southeast False Creek's
former Olympic Village, Habitat Island further
embodies this shift in thinking. While it is

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difficult to imagine today, this was a carefully
devised landscape intended to compensate
for shoreline lost to development. PWL
Partnership Landscape Architects, in
collaboration with environmental consultants,
set out to increase habitat and accessible
foreshore by mimicking a natural ecosystem.
In less than a decade, it is replete with life,
with bald eagles among the island's most
conspicuous visitors.
The iconic West Building of the Vancouver
Convention Centre further exemplifies our
ability to embrace a wilder purview. While
its rooftop prairie meadow does occasionally
get a "hair cut" and requires monitoring
and elimination of certain invasive species,
generally it is allowed to grow untamed.
And the results have been profound. The
University of British Columbia's Beaty
Biodiversity Museum recently conducted an
insect survey on the centre's living roofs, and
the preliminary data, while not yet published,
are promising: 145 species have been surveyed
to date, including one new to B.C. and another
that hasn't been recorded in the province
since 1932.
BIOPHILIC STEWARDS
This is what is achievable with a biophilic
mandate. For those resistant to change and
blind to ecological realities, we can point to
these and similar success stories, and employ

"A BIOPHILIC CITY
IS AT ITS HEART A
BIODIVERSE CITY,
A CITY FULL OF
NATURE..."
...TIM BEATLEY

the foundational strategies promoted by
Nassauer, Wilson, Kellert, Beatley and other
pioneers of biophilic thought. The legions of
supporters are growing, along with sources
of motivation in an urbanizing world that
is increasingly out of touch with nature. As
landscape architects and stewards, we are
now tasked with a crucial role: to create
spaces that mutually benefit humans and the
diverse forms of life with whom we share our
cities, and this planet. Let's go wild!
kf2ct@virginia.edu
http://biophiliccities.org/

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2017

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
PROLOGUE
ESSAY | ESSAI
Après le désordre vient le beau temps
A Fine Mess
Biophilic City
“I Am the Space Where I Am”
OPINION
Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
Messiness by Intention
CRITIQUE
@landtecanada Taking It With You
THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Messiness by Intention
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - CRITIQUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - @landtecanada Taking It With You
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