SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture for General Design
University of British Columbia
Photos by Dean Gregory
University of British Columbia; Karen Kiest Landscape Architects; Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg; Core Group; Kamps Engineering; Great Northern Engineering Consultants; Francis Krahe and Associates; Rod Turkington Irrigation; Aloha Pools; Raincoast Applied Ecology; Public Architecture and Communications; Arbortech Consulting; Syncra Construction
“ . . . nice reinforcement of this direct, strong planning that it originally had—now using landscape also . . . massive scale; variety of things they did is impressive . . . ”
The Pedestrian Campus project revitalizes the four historic axes of the academic core—broad, tree-lined avenues established in the first master plan of 1914. The four avenues were recognized as the organizational spines of UBC that form the iconic image of the campus. As the campus developed incrementally over 90 years, vehicles and their infrastructure came to dominate the corridors. Given their historical significance, improvements needed to embody a sense of permanence, history, and dignity. Enhancements needed to strengthen the clarity of campus and prioritize the pedestrian by eliminating vehicles. The main planning challenge was to reveal the classic campus landscape so that students, faculty, and staff would be drawn to congregate and interact there.