COMPLETION DATE: 2011
CLIENT: Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations

AWARDS:
PIBC Award of Excellence 2013

Real Estate Foundation of BC Land Award 2013

AIBC Special Jury Award 2011, Sustainable Community Infrastructure

TYPE: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, INFRASTRUCTURE, WATER AND WASTE WATER

Ty-Histanis Sustainable Neighbourhood Development

Esowista, Tonfino, BC

Ty-Histanis is a sustainably designed and constructed new community in a semi-remote, rural setting, 15 km south of the Village of Tofino, surrounded by Pacific Rim National Park.  David Nairne + Associates Ltd. (DNA) has been working with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations for over ten years to identify suitable lands, engage the community, design and construct the new sustainable neighbourhood.  The project started with negotiations to remove a portion of land from the National Park Reserve.

Throughout the planning process, Tla-o-qui-aht’s principal of Hishuk nish Tsawaak (all is one) and Isaak (respect) has been the foundation for the design and now the development of Ty-histanis. Hishuk nish Tsawaak embodies the essence of sustainable ecological planning and development. It speaks to the connectivity of our lives within our ecosystem and the importance of maintaining the balance between these.

The development of a sustainable communities was achieved through an intensive integrated design process and included community design workshops and community meetings to both plan the vision for the new community and to plan for housing.