"Common Grounds" is a proposed Commons on the parking lot site on New Westminster's south bank. A commons is described as the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth.
This area has been a shared territory of the Qayqayt, Katzie, Musqeuam, Kwantlen and Kwikwetlem people for centuries. Never owned, nor claimed by any one people. Our proposed landscape intervention offers spaces for historical learning, storytelling, fishing, foraging, cooking, performance, and protest. It is built with indigenous values of "shared territory." It provides a space for the Qayqayt peoples to practice their culture whilst inviting all people, all classes and all nations to gather and break bread.
KEY ELEMENTS: Storytelling huts, waterfront access, fishing docks, forageable forest, seasonal berry picking, thicket bridge, amphitheatre, public BBQ's, stargazing knoll's, protected salmon habitat, and public bonfire pit.
School: University of British Columbia
Faculty: SALA School of Architecture
Program: Environmental Design (BA)
Instructors: Hapa Collaborative
Work By: Sierra Tasi Baker & Alex Laos
Project Duration: September 29th - October 16th 2015
"PLACE OF PLENTY"
Studio 01 Project 03 2015
Coast Salish Land was first surveyed in 1850. Since then development has drastically changed the landscape, environmental biodiversity and livelihoods of its original inhabitants.
RAVEN STEALS THE SUN
AN ETIOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE