When I saw this I was reminded of a more jagged version of the Appian Way! This view is looking south on the redundant sidewalk being removed from the east side of Main Mall. All pedestrian traffic is now directed to the two broad walkways (soon to be completed!) that flank the central lawn of the Mall. Environmental integrity is enhanced when we reduce the amount of paved surface areas. In addition, all the energy and animation of Main Mall is focused on its central spine.
All of the Akebia vines growing up the wire trellises at BioScience Building were planted last year - same size and same time. Fun to watch plant olympics at UBC. A gold medal winner in our midst!
After enduring construction all winter (see December 23rd entry) - students, faculty and staff enjoying a nice day in the Health Sciences Quad. Not looking forward to the shorter days of winter but I am excited about the decorative blue lights that are just visible in the diagonal walkways across the lawn. Those long dark months will now be just a little more animated.
Construction of the foundation for the water feature that will mark the symbolic heart of our campus at the intersection of Main Mall and University Boulevard.
On my way to the bus loop last night I decided to take a major detour and swing by the north end of Main Mall to have another look at progress. Flag Pole Plaza with North Shore Mountains are in the distance. In the foreground, roads and their associated curbs have been removed to create a broad, level and contiguous landscape of pedestrian walkways, seating and lawn. Sidewalks that once flanked the outside alignment of trees became redundant and were eliminated to enhance usability of the Mall for passive enjoyment and recreation. Buildings in a landscape rather than buildings along streets - a classic, pedestrian orientated campus landscape. Very excited to complete the south end too!