UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN [L+U OPTION]
EVLU 4012 STUDIO 5
INSTRUCTOR KAMNI GILL
GROUNDED is a project that uses soil and plant material centric land-based educations as means to reach out to the surrounding communities whilst providing economic opportunities towards Treaty One Nations. The design is structured mainly through a hierarchy of green spaces. A corridor for pedestrians and cyclists spans across the site to link the spaces together and connect to the existing wildlife corridor east of the site.
The trail itself is made up of a woodland alley, where depending on where one is, the soil conditions may change indicated by the differentiated planting strategies of acidic vs. alkaline and dry vs. wet soils. All of the species chose for the path are harvestable by those who will maintain the site and have either ritualistic, medicinal, or technological significance towards the Treaty One Nations. Some of which are even considered rare amongst the prairie landscape. Whereas the species selected for the prairie meadow responds to the existing populations of Monarch butterflies on the site and hopes to increase biodiversity by attracting other butterfly species, hummingbirds, and bees. The plants were also chosen on the basis of their bloom periods, so that no matter when one visits the site, the views are constantly changing.