UBC Graduate Research

This Little Lake Stryker, Marije


Trout Lake in East Vancouver is full of heterotopias: small enacted utopias that are different to the main culture in some way. This is a place where people feel comfortable engaging with the landscape – they live, celebrate, and create art here, altering the physical landscape to suit their needs. In This Little Lake, Trout Lake becomes a testing ground for how a landscape design process can be based in fluidity and relationship. Physical interventions emerge by deeply noticing and working with the specific site, people and non-human actors that make up that place. There is no fixed endpoint- it is meant to shift as people interact with their environment, using existing and introduced elements to suit their needs. These unique heterotopian places exist in every urban context, integral to their communities - they must be given room to remain as they are.

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