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Overlapped : Creating Space for xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Sovereignty Over Land and Shoreline Practices at the Musqueam Golf & Learning Academy Wuthrich, Beau


Overlapped interrogates the cultural phenomenon of the golf course as a curated and bucolic emblem of Western landscape architectural methods and conceits. Relational landscape practices, such as cutting-edge emergent landscape systems and traditional ecological knowledge are raised as counterpoints. The site in question is the historically rich and sea-level threatened site of the Musqueam Golf & Learning Academy, which sits between two overlapping reserves: the Agricultural Land Reserve, and the Musqueam Indian Reserve. The 78-year project seeks to harness natural and human action onsite to restore habitat to restore and enhance kin-relationships contextual to this land and its original stewards: the Musqueam. Valuing relational and aggregative land practice over predetermined product, Overlapped seeks to redress golf’s maintenance schedule and bend the rules of the game, critically reconfiguring landscape architecture’s approach to site.

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