A NATIONAL STUDIO PROJECT | UN PROJET NATIONAL D'ATELIERS
University of Manitoba
Kamni Gill, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM
LANDSCAPE + URBANISM OPTION
EVLU 4012 STUDIO 5 | POSSIBLE URBANISMS
The 64 hectare Kapyong Barrack site has been recently been ceded to the Treaty One nations. Nations: Long Plain First Nation, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Peguis First Nation, Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation, Sagkeeg First Nation, Sandy Bay First Nation and Swan Lake First Nation. The site was developed by the Armed Forces during World War II and subsequently abandoned in 2004. It has since been unoccupied. The buildings have been left to decay and the landscape, has become a refuge for flora and fauna. The site will be developed as an urban reserve. Urban reserves is land set aside for development by First Nations groups and offer new possibilities for defining civic space, for addressing the geographic remoteness of First Nations and for providing economic opportunities to Indigenous populations and to the wider municipality.
Students will design a new urban reserve for the Treaty One Development Corporation from a site plan to a detail design area with selected sections designed at a larger scale. Specific attention will be given to the massing and density of built form in relationship to human functions and natural systems and how this interplay creates and sustains new cultural uses and potentially, economic models. The innovative design and management of vegetation and water to reflect indigenous knowledge is paramount as is attention to the particular political and social construction of the site. Careful consideration should be given to material selection and to how the site changes over time.