The Thin Green Line that defines the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is a boundary that frames our attempts to mitigate growth, preserve arable land and maintain an agrarian landscape character in municipalities undergoing a massive transformation from rural to urban form. In other areas however, the boundary is pockmarked by odd and incongruous land uses: big-box religion, surrounded by acres of occasionally used parking, placeless fake landscapes of golf courses, and monster homes.

Rather than making a futile attempt to reinforce this boundary, Hapa’s proposal was to find opportunities to integrate seemingly incompatible agricultural uses on the other side of the line, to seek out the lost space in suburban sprawl that pushes up against the ALR, and propose a reciprocal response to the interlopers in the agrarian landscape. Our hopes are that the edge of the ALR becomes a transect, not a boundary, and begins to influence the built form and character of urban development deeper within the urban areas of our cities.

Exhibition Contributor
Tangential Vancouverism: Projects for Vancouver’s Urbanism