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Old growth stand, Cootes Paradise
Old growth stand, Cootes Paradise

Through consideration of post-colonial definitions of cultural explanation, in the paper that has informed this work I discuss how binary structures between city and forest operate within an ideological construct that is presupposed on the European enlightenment.

While considering the degree to which conservation land is rooted in issues of land ownership, this project examines how cultural explanation, in turn, produces the marginalization of narratives surrounding mature trees in urban environments.

In applying a feminist, deconstructivist approach to urban land use patterns, through the practical structure of deconstruction as reversal, I utilize the agency of mature trees to deconstruct colonial patterns of land use between conservation land and the city.