Dr Mike Meitner and graduate students Lorien Nesbitt, Angela Liu and Linzey Bedard developed a series of conceptual designs of urban orchards to be implemented in laneways around the city, on both public and private land in response to the Greenest City 2020 plan, wherein the City of Vancouver is promoting urban food production in the form of fruit and nut trees on city streets in residential areas.
As municipalities around the world begin to appreciate the value of urban forests, cities are starting to see urban trees as potential sources of products as well as services. These designs were created for a demonstration laneway in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, showcasing public green spaces that help build community and provide valuable products and services, while allowing traditional laneway uses to continue. A specific focus of the strategy was to provide information to the public in various formats and levels of detail, allowing people to access information in a way that meets their needs.
Angela Liu, Linzey Bedard