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Margot Long, FCSLA, MBCSLA, discusses Habitat Island in Vancouver's southeast False Creek

Friday, September 15, 2017

PWL Partnership's Margot Long , FCSLA, MBCSLA, discusses PWL's project, Habitat Island in Vancouver's southeast False Creek in the Vancouver Courier.

You might not notice the island, even though it’s in plain sight.

But once you do, it beckons you, whether it’s your first time or your 10th. There’s a path across False Creek that leads you to it, and you can’t help but feel a thrill of discovery. The trees, shrubs, water and dead ends make you feel a sense of privacy, even with condo towers all around. It’s like being in a treetop clubhouse in Vancouver’s urban backyard.

Once when I visited, a man in a latex horse mask sprang from the shrubs to scare me. On another evening, a quartet of three guitars and a ukulele sang “Folsom Prison Blues” on the island’s rocky edge. As the sun set, a man in tweed with a tie and his sweetheart in a dress clinked wine glasses. They sat on a picnic blanket in the grass, and brought a basket with a board of charcuterie and cheese.


Read the full article here: http://www.vancourier.com/news/how-a-human-made-island-grew-organically-into-an-urban-oasis-1.22686704

Project: Hanley Residence
Landscape Architect / Firm: LeFrank & Associates Ltd.
Location: Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
Photo Credit: David Hollebone