The cover of "Accidental Wilderness", 2021 Heritage Toronto Awards Book Nominee. Image: Robert Burley.
Author: Walter H. Kehm
Photographer: Robert Burley
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Winner: 2021 Book Award
Accidental Wilderness is a rich and lyrical collection of essays curated by internationally recognized landscape architect and original designer of Tommy Thompson Park, Walter H. Kehm. A stunning collection of photographs by renowned landscape photographer Robert Burley complements these essays, which explore the city’s port origins; the principles and design of the park’s master plan; the native-plant succession process; the park’s unique flora and fauna; public advocacy efforts; and public recreation in the park and its effect on mental, physical, and spiritual health.
The Book jury felt Accidental Wilderness was both timely and accessible, a book that all ages can enjoy. It offers a powerful message of community, advocacy, and action to build and protect a unique part of Toronto’s environmental heritage. The jury appreciated how the book wove together beautiful photographs and a variety of perspectives on Tommy Thompson Park, offering an engaging and beautiful read.
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About the Author: Walter H. Kehm
Walter H. Kehm is a landscape architect and was a professor and Director of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph.
About the Photographer: Robert Burley
Robert Burley is an artist working in photography. His projects often explore the transition between city and country.