COLLECTIONS

SECOND EDITION - DESIGNED LANDSCAPES PORTFOLIO

Canadian Landscapes Portfolio Collections & Document


CSLA - CANADIAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS


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From the Canadian Landscape Charter to the PORTFOLIOS


In 2015, the CSLA adopted the Canadian Landscape Charter, a document that lays out our profession’s values and principles. The Canadian Landscape Charter seeks to uphold the following core principles:
  • Recognize landscapes as vital
  • Consider all people
  • Inspire stewardship
  • Expand knowledge
  • Show leadership
The Charter also provides the opportunity for each region and member component in Canada to tailor these values and principles to meet their needs at a more detailed scale, reflecting local and regional perspectives about the landscape.
The Canadian Landscape Portfolio is a web based digital photographic gallery intended to illustrate Canada’s diversity of landscapes by provinces and territories. The Portfolio is intended to provide a window to landscape architecture, charting the importance, the beauty, the impact and the relevance of landscape. The Portfolio essentially represents what are, to landscape architects, significant landscapes, important landscapes, beautiful landscapes, or landscapes which are examples of good design - design which can contribute to resolving many of today's challenges. This is the power of landscape architecture: implementing ideas which provide better living.
With an increasingly urbanized society which places often unrealistic demands on already-limited resources, landscape architects will increasingly be called upon to provide innovative solutions. Not only will landscape architecture be a necessity in the future. It will, by all accounts, be a game-changer.
The Canadian Landscape Charter and its Portfolio, hand in hand, express the values which the CSLA believes are essential to maintaining a healthy, beautiful, sustainable environment for all, and will help guide our profession through future challenges.

Vincent Asselin, AAPQ, FCSLA, QC President, CSLA

Selection committee


Representatives from each CSLA Component Associations

From the Canadian Landscape Charter to the PORTFOLIOS


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AALA - Memorial Drive Landscape of Memory

AALA - ALBERTA ASSOCIATION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

 
Description
▶︎ Designed to honour the sacrifices of Canadians during wartime and create an inclusive commemorative voice for the space, the design solution for Poppy Plaza hinges on two distinct yet interrelated surfaces: wood and weathering steel. Both function as transformative systems to frame and catalyze different opportunities to occupy, engage and connect. The formal interaction of the wood and weathering steel creates a complex experience that alternately defines and releases space and spatial associations with the project’s surroundings. There is a strong use of movement to create a shifting perspective as the viewer engages with the plaza; the commemorative elements oscillate between solidity and ephemerality, akin to the nature of memory itself.
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Memorial Drive Landscape of Memory
▶︎ Poppy Plaza, Memorial Drive, Calgary, AB
 
Author
▶︎ Greg Stewart, AALA
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AAPQ - Pont ferroviaire

AAPQ - ASSOCIATION DES ARCHITECTES PAYSAGISTES DU QUÉBEC

 
Description
▶︎ As the Université de Montréal is building a secondary campus on former railway yards, existing tracks had to be moved so trains could travel along a new viaduct straddling the grounds’ access road. Facing the campus, the viaduct acts as a backdrop that comes to life at night when four light tableaux appear and disappear in the dark. At ground level, sculptural concrete abutments create a dynamic mineral landscape.
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Pont Ferroviaire
▶︎ Campus MIL, Montréal, QC
 
Author
▶︎Peter Soland, AAPQ
 
Credit
Étienne Ostiguy
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APALA - Breezeway

APALA - ATLANTIC PROVINCES ASSOCIATION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

 
Description
▶︎ The entry sequence from car to entry hides any ocean views. One can hear waves and smell the sea air. Upon arrival at the front door, the sea, finally revealed, seems to envelop the 'floating' slate sunset terrace.
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Breezeway
▶︎ Acadia Point, New Harbour, NS
 
Author
▶︎ Virginia Burt, OALA
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BCSLA - Metamorphous

BCSLA - BC SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

 
Description
▶︎ The Metamorphous seawall provides a new direction for bank retention as faceted sculptural corten wall, inspired from natural formations, while promoting private participation in enhancing the public foreshore and creating habitat. The development and execution of the wall and shoreline enhancement illustrates the first of such an endeavor along Vancouver’s waterfront. The project shines as an example of both functional and accessible art that is helping sculpt an identity for Vancouver’s shorelines.
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Metamorphous
▶︎ Vancouver, BC
 
Author
▶︎ Paul Sangha, BCSLA
 
Credits
Brett Hitchins
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MALA - The Labyrinth

MALA - MANITOBA ASSOCIATION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

 
Description
▶︎ People who walk Carol’s Labyrinth describe feelings of introspective peace, quiet and stillness. The labyrinth reminds us that our path in life is a winding journey in search of meaning and purpose that evokes the author’s past while inspiring the walker’s future
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ The Labyrinth #2

▶︎ Carol Shield Memorial Labyrinth, King’s Park, Winnipeg, MB
 
Author
▶︎ Chantal L. Alary, MALA
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NUALA - Burial door

NUALA - NUNAVUT ASSOCIATION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS


 
Description
▶︎ Light passes through perforations in the steel wall, symbolic of the northern lights
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Iqaluit Park
▶︎ City of Iqaluit, NU
 
Author
▶︎ Erik Lees, NUALA
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NWTALA - Somba K'e Civic Plaza

NWTALA - NORTHWEST TERRITORY ASSOCIATION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS


 
Description
▶︎ Since its completion, this plaza has become a significant year-round meeting place for the community. Its natural setting at the edge of the downtown celebrates the pioneering spirit of this northern city. This project was awarded a CSLA Regional Merit Award for Design in 2013
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Somba K’e Civic Plaza
▶︎ IUpper Yellowknife, NT
 
Author
▶︎ Margaret Ferguson, NWTALA
 
Credits
Bob Wilson
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OALA- Underpass park

OALA - ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS


 
Description
▶︎ Underpass Park has transformed an unused derelict landscape beneath a set of overpasses into a public park full with amenities including basketball half-courts, a skatepark, flexible open space, benches, salt-tolerant planting, and a children’s playground. Public Art in the form of sculpture and street art murals permeate the space. The park benefits from the overpasses as they provide needed shelter from the summer sun or spring rain.
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Underpass Park
▶︎West Don Lands, Toronto, On
 
Author
▶︎ Nathan Brightbill, BCSLA
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SALA- Twinkle Plaza

SALA - SASKATCHEWAN ASSOCIATION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS


 
Description
▶︎ The Twinkle Plaza is located at a point where a number of paths intersect. Just south of the pedestrian mall, close to public events on the main plaza, and adjacent to the Farmer's Market, it gives people a convenient place to meet and have a bite in the daytime. Its nighttime character is defined by tiny lights on a tensile structure. The larger plaza was built for big time events, but this place is for everyday, quieter moments.
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Twinkle Plaza
▶︎ Regina, SK
 
Author
▶︎ Cynthia Cohimeyer, SALA

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