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Oliver Kellhammer

Oliver Kellhammer is a Canadian land artist, permaculture teacher, activist and writer. His botanical interventions and public art projects demonstrate nature's surprising ability to recover from damage. His course, "Open Source City: Field Studie" runs from June 20-24 at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. You can register for it here. 

Cottonwood Community Gardens: oasis in peril

Sometimes a bad idea just won’t go away. Though Vancouver’s future has been looking a lot greener lately, with the expansion of bike lanes and improved municipal composting, I was dismayed to learn...

Discovering Portland's organic architecture

Straw-thatched walls, solar hot water...welcome to the Tolkienesque world of Portland's Planet Repair Institute.

Grand Theft Auto, Vancouver riots, and the deficit of the real

J.G. Ballard would have loved Vancouver's Stanley Cup riot. In fact he consistently imagined situations like this (and worse) in his dystopian novels and short fiction. In his novella Running...

Open source city: the future of Vancouver’s urban landscape

When we talk about urban landscape, we usually think about grand 19th-century interventions like Frederick Law Olmsted’s Central Park or Haussmann’s epic re-engineering of the avenues and boulevards...