Allison Brown + Emily Soder-Duncan

LARC 502

We are gathered on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh. This land was never surrendered, treaties were never signed and illegal colonial occupation continues today. A mosaic of overlapping First Nation’s band territories is the basis for the region of Metro Vancouver. The Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh have few land holdings in the city of Vancouver, considering the entire city consists of unceded land. 

Can eliminating property ownership in Vancouver by acknowledging the unceded First Nations territories on which the city is situated, produce a more socially and ecologically resilient city? This project explores the potential of elevating homes above the ground plane, allowing for the establishment of new streams and facilitating continuous public space. The parcels of land, no longer fragmented into private lots, are maintained on a community level and invite communal activity throughout. The shift from ownership of unceded land to leased land, removes the notion of land and home as places for capital investment. Instead, home is a place for living and building community.