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06.15.18 – #DanielsGrad18: Stacey Zonneveld

What was the most enjoyable part of your Master of Landscape Architecture degree?
The most enjoyable part was definitely getting to know my amazing classmates and professors. We created some great memories to look back on!

What inspired your thesis topic?
My thesis project is a response to the vast areas of urban landscapes that are highly maintained, mowed, and managed, including vast tracks of our hydro corridors. I envision cities as epicentres of biodiversity, connectivity, and resilient natural systems.

Tell us more about your thesis!
My thesis is about how spontaneous plants are a new kind of wilderness that thrives in cities.  They are able to grow in the harshest conditions without being planted or cared for.  Plants in the cities require more water, have less access to nutrients, and are more vulnerable to diseases.  Choosing the most resilient plants, regardless or origin is essential for cities' capacity to adapt.  Spontaneous plants give us an opportunity to create landscapes that are ecologically beneficial at a low cost and with minimal maintenance.  My thesis creates a framework to allow nature to establish its own communities and build resiliency in the face of climate change and increasing urban degradation.

What is one piece of advice you would give to a new student?
My advice for new students is to make every project your own. There is always a way to bring your interests to the forefront. 

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I am moving to the Netherlands to work at a landscape architecture firm called Lodewijk Baljon, based in Amsterdam!

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Convocation for #UofTDaniels students is on June 14. This month we are featuring our graduates, including their work, their memories, and their advice for new students. Follow #DanielsGrad18 for more!