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BCSLA Annual Conference
April 1, 2016 - April 2, 2016
2016 BCSLA Annual Conference, Showcase of Products & AGM
Shifting Currents: Rethinking Our Relationships With Water
The BCSLA Annual Conference is an excellent opportunity for landscape architects, interns, students, design professionals and key stakeholders, from the public and private sector, academia, and the community to come together. This premiere event for landscape architects and allied design professionals in BC will be held at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Hotel from March 31 to April 2, 2016. It is anticipated that more than 350 delegates, presenters, volunteers and exhibitors will gather to share stories and experiences.
The goal of this year’s conference is to examine the influence water has in all aspects of our lives and landscapes and the potential consequences climate change will have in our relationship with, reaction to, and management of water in our landscapes. Growing demands for water and the ramifications of climate change are having great influence on our relationships with, access to, and use of water in our lives and landscapes. Last year’s water use restrictions in many BC urban areas, with projected tighter restrictions this year, are but one example of the shifting circumstances that landscape architects and other professionals, need to consider in the planning, development, and maintenance of projects, infrastructure, and landscapes. Rising sea levels, floods, drought, shifting weather patterns, depletion of aquifers, increased demand and waste (treatment), competition and/or conflict for access to water, can influence settlement patterns, infrastructure development, industry, commerce, recreation, tourism, disaster preparedness and response…all aspects of our lives.