Landscapes of Exclusion
University of British Columbia
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
LARC598 Landscape Architecture VI
Design Studio Thesis
To exclude is to separate one thing from another; to have the desire to keep a specific entity away. Humans have structured society in a way that excludes some of its members into a landscape that is separate, confined and highly monitored: the penitentiary. They are excluded unwillingly and have a restricted relationship with their natural landscape.
This thesis studies the daily routine, the physical environment and the relationship with nature of three celebrated individuals who have willingly chosen to exclude themselves from society: Henry David Thoreau, Gregor Johann Mendel, and Jane Goodall. The investigation draws parallels between the life of each individual and the life of offenders living in maximum, medium, and minimum security levels at the Collins Bay Institution in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Three design schemes are proposed that aim to test the boundary between access to nature and personal freedom.