UBC Totem Park Student Housing
The original UBC Totem Park design was prepared in 1964 by Lawrence Halprin & Associates working with local landscape architect John Lantzius. Only two buildings were originally proposed – a separate men’s and a separate women’s residence. Brick walls and gates delineated the women’s building, which is now the Dene/Nootka residence, from the rest of Totem Park. An outdoor social space, to be shared by the two residences, was built outside the men’s residence, which is now called the Salish/Haida residence. Over time four new residences and one common dining facility were added resulting in fragmentation of the landscape. The 2012 master plan prepared by PWL builds on the strengths of the original Halprin/Lantzius plan and works with the theme of connections. This is achieved through: visually and physically connecting the residences to the central pedestrian walkways; improving connections to the campus across Totem Park; providing opportunities for social connections with the development of a new outdoor social heart; and by initiating a regenerative forest program that strengthens the connection of Totem Park to surrounding forested and natural areas.