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2020 BCSLA Annual Conference, Showcase of Products & AGM

Back to the Garden 

The garden, whether a high-rise balcony, a community garden, the commons for a co-op, a community park, the street, or a front or backyard, is the landscape people most personally relate to, and connect with as we address global climate and biodiversity crises. The garden realm of landscape architects spans the full scale from tiny planters to the entire planet, our only “Garden of Eden”.

Finally, and to be blunt, self-preservation (resilience) must be central to our professional and personal concerns about climate change and the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts affecting human life and survival. Plants, their habitats, and ecosystems are primarily destroyed by human greed that has induced and accelerated climate change. Given space and time though, plants are superbly adaptive beings that will mostly survive the changes we humans have thrust upon them, including recombining into new communities and ecosystems in created, repaired, and protected spaces. We must, with great urgency, find the garden in all our work, get back to it, and give plants the places and spaces they, and us, need.

June 11-13, 2020 | Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, Vancouver, BC

The BCSLA is pleased to announce that we will return to our traditional conference format in 2020. It is anticipated that more than 350 delegates, speakers, volunteers ande allied professionals with gather in Vancouver for the premier event for landscape architects in BC. Through a landscape design lens, keynote speakers will frame the conference theme. The program includes: tours, film screenings, networking socials and an awards recognition ceremony. Volunteers will be inviting submissions from wide points of view from interdisciplinary or collaborative perspectives and practices that respond to the conference theme. We recommend that you check the website regularly as the program is constantly evolving. We look forward to your support and we hope you can join us!

The Showcase of Products and Services features a large showroom in the plenary room and the venue foyer. Exhibitors will be provided with an excellent opportunity to feature innovative services, new products and favourites.  The BCSLA CE Committee and key volunteers met at the venue recently to work on program logistics and to draft the floorplan.

The Showcase of Products and Services Information Kit will be available at the end of February.  Note that previous exhibitors and BCSLA Affiliates are provided with first choice of space.  Volunteers have organized a contest that is intended to encourage delegates to visit the exhibit booths through the use of a fun trivial pursuit contest. Delegates who answer all of the questions will earn valuable prizes. Watch this space for details!

BC Land Summit Society

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The concept of the BC Land Summit emerged from discussions between several land use professions, which were facilitated through a professional roundtable. The mutual benefits of collaborating on a joint conference were soon apparent, and a decision to proceed was taken by a number of the participating professions. The current members of the BC Land Summit Society include:

  • The Appraisal Institute of Canada – BC
  • The British Columbia Institute of Agrologists
  • The British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects
  • The Planning Institute of British Columbia
  • The Real Estate Institute of British Columbia

Held every five years, the BC Land Summit is the premier collaborative conference providing interdisciplinary education, professional development, and training opportunities for professional practitioners in fields related to land and land-use in British Columbia. These professionals will come from a wide range of communities – large and small, urban and rural – with a diversity of professional backgrounds. The 2019 BC Land Summit program included keynote speakers: Sheila Watt-Cloutier, and Edward Glaeser, as well as featured evening entertainment presenter Mark Critch. 

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Project: Telus Atrium Garden
Landscape Architect / Firm: Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc in collaboration with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Photo Credit: Brett Hitchins