Integrating Architecture and Landscape Architecture with Community Forest Management

TitleIntegrating Architecture and Landscape Architecture with Community Forest Management
Faculty/College/UnitApplied Science
Duration3 Years
Project Summary

In this innovative interdisciplinary project, students from UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture will collaborate with UBC Forestry students and a remote coastal community to design, develop and construct public infrastructure in British Columbia using timber harvested from a local community forest. Timber buildings offer significant potential environmental benefits in the form of carbon storage. However, taking advantage of these potential benefits will require collaborative design methods integrated with sustainable forest management. The innovative hands-on pedagogical approach proposed will create reciprocal relationships between forestry practices and design of local projects, reframing the relationship of architectural materials to the forest ecologies from they are harvested, while training architects and foresters to use sustainably harvested resources to build social and environmental equity.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2022/2023
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorJoseph Dahmen
Year 1: Funded Amount22,308
Year 1: Team Members

Joseph Dahmen, Associate Professor, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Applied Science
Suzanne Simard, Professor, Forest and Conservation Sciences, Faculty of Forestry