UBC Graduate Research

Fighting Fire with Fire : Towards a New Park Typology Tier, Alix


Wildfires have left their mark on the British Columbia landscape for centuries. As we continue to inhabit land closer to fire prone areas, these fires and our relationship to them will continue to shape the landscape and our communities as we know them. This project explores the role of landscape architects and designers in moving towards a new type of wildfire management that considerers both the utilitarian and experiential qualities of various management practices. While maintaining the functional value of these practices, the project investigates how the layering of different value systems including recreation, education, economic and habitat values can contribute to changing our current understanding of fire. The project moves towards a new park typology that seeks to challenge our social, cultural and ecological relationship to fire, particularly in fire prone communities of British Columbia.

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