Today the PFS team celebrates National Indigenous Peoples’ Day to honour the heritage, and diverse culture of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
UBC Campus and Community Planning has worked collaboratively with Musqueam staff, elders and community members on a number of projects aimed at reintroducing Musqueam culture into the campus’ public realm, to acknowledge that the campus is situated on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam peoples. PFS has worked with the Musqueam First Nations to integrate their Welcoming Pole and symbolic landscape. Carved by talented Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow Jr., the post’s (double-headed serpent) iconography depicts the story behind the Musqueam’s traditional name: xʷməθkʷəy̓əm. PFS will continue to work with Indigenous community members to ensure the diverse culture and heritage is integrated in UBC’s public realm.
PFS has been the lead public realm designer at the University of British Columbia for many years and has been responsible for establishing the guiding framework from which the University is moving forward. As part of its focus on sustainability, the University has strategized to improve the pedestrian experience of the public realm and to engage the university community to regain its place as the social heart of the university community.
A strong landscape aesthetic, coupled with sustainable approaches to storm water management and carefully selected material choices has resulted in a memorable place that will serve UBC for decades to come.
Photo: ©Brett Hitchens