UBC Graduate Research

Co-Existence of Species : Restoring the Garry Oak and Associated Ecosystems Chong, Elizabeth


In recent decades, the idea of “nature” has shifted from being an enemy that must be tamed or domesticated, to at best, a resource to be exploited. This thesis aims to strengthen the relationship between the built and natural environment by designing in symbiosis with nature and introducing a philosophy of care. This proposal focuses on one of Canada’s ecosystems at risk, known as the Garry oak ecosystem. The hundreds of species encompassed in this complex bionetwork are examined to better understand their potential to work in collaboration by exchanging resources within a human dominated landscape. This thesis argues that “nature” is an inclusive system of which humanity is a part, and our buildings must reflect this connectivity.

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