COLLECTIONS

SECOND EDITION - DESIGNED LANDSCAPES PORTFOLIO

Canadian Landscapes Portfolio Collections & Document


OALA - ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS


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THE DESIGNS OF ONTARIO’S LANDSCAPE


The Ontario Portfolio is as varied as the province’s many regions and although there is not a typical landscape, Ontarians will recognize and respond to the deeply engrained symbolism expressed in the collection. The designed landscapes of Ontario provide powerful ideas about place and identity.
To view the selected images is to see the interaction of humans and their environment through the lens of ‘landscape’. These are designed and constructed landscapes, resulting from cumulative and shared values. The places are expressions of cultural values that layer, change and evolve over time.
A landscape architect’s work is to understand and shape environments. The profession improves the land by applying aesthetic and technical rigor. Marginal sites are enhanced and a new future is made possible through design. Sites like highway underpasses, former shipping, warehousing and manufacturing lands, abandoned properties, forgotten floodplains; these landscapes become valued and valuable - significant - through the practice of landscape architecture.
The OALA featured site, Underpass Park, transformed a previously underused and derelict highway underpass into an urban amenity. The park features a number of areas designed to encourage both passive and active recreation and incorporates public artwork, sculpture and landscape plantings. It responds to the nature of the site in a new way that results in the betterment of the well-being of the community.
The Ontario Portfolio highlights a re-thinking and re-imagining of landscape in order to create connections, forge new links, transform, renew and inspire. These are some of the considerations behind this year’s selections for the Canadian Landscape Portfolio. This collection of images recognizes the significance of designed landscapes that make up the great cities, streets, parks and open spaces that protect vital and resilient natural environments and healthy communities in the province we call ‘home’.

Selection Committee


By OALA Executive Committee members: Doris Chee, Sarah Culp, Jane Welsh, Kendall Flower, Stefan Fediuk

THE DESIGNS OF ONTARIO’S LANDSCAPE


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Queen street Forecourt

 
Description
▶︎ The new Queen Street Forecourt was key to the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization’s objective of creating a series of ‘green rooms’ at the perimeter of Toronto City Hall’s plaza. These spaces form an inviting, intimately scaled threshold to the massive concrete void at the centre of Viljo Revell’s iconic Modernist plaza. Integrated planting and seating provides places for small groups to gather and strengthens the connection between the square and the street.
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Queen street Forecourt
▶︎ Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, On
 
Author
▶︎ Eric Klaver, OALA
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Guelph Market Square

 
Description
▶︎ The 1.0-hectare / 2.5-acre Market Square expresses a contemporary flair in its rejuvenation of the downtown core. The design centers on a large 755-square meter/8,500-square foot that is only 5-cm/2-inch deep, and which reflects the historic wall of the City Hall and the sky above. Seven programmable water jets set within sculptural shrouds combine with a theatrical-quality lighting and sound environment to animate the pool, making it a unique and fun ambiance both day and night
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Guelph Market Square
▶︎ City Hall, Guelph, On
 
Author
▶︎ Janet Rosenberg , OALA
 
Credits
Jeff McNeil Photography
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HtO Park

 
Description
▶︎ HtO has become an iconic destination for tourists and residents alike, and has acted as a catalyst for other developments across Toronto’s waterfront. Storm water management was key to avoiding contaminated run-off into the lake, and a compounding reason for this dry beach, in addition to the fact that swimming is not (yet) allowed
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ HtO Park
▶︎ Queens Quay West,Toronto, On
 
Author
▶︎ Janet Rosenberg. OALA
 
Credits
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Welland Canal Park

 
Description
▶︎ The vision for the 0.6 hectare / 1.5 acre parkland focused on re-connecting the public with the edge of the historic Welland Canal. This was done through a series of ramps that lead from the Boardwalk to a viewing platform that hovers over the former walls of the canal, recalling the industrial history of the site. A planting palette of long grasses and roses is set within a structured, garden-like setting, with paths crisscrossing the ramps.
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Welland Canal Park & Civic Square
▶︎ Civic Square, Town of Welland, On
 
Author
▶︎ Janet Rosenberg, OALA
 
Credits
Jeff McNeil Photogrpy
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Lily Pool

 
Description
▶︎ Lily Pool as central feature to the Royal Botanical Rose Garden
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Lily Pool
▶︎ Royal Botanical Garden, Burlington, On
 
Author
▶︎ Rod Mac Donald. OALA
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Brickworks Boardwalk

 
Description
▶︎ Restoration of former clay quarry. Storm-water management ponds that treat water flow from Mud Creek before discharging to the Don River
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Brickworks Boardwalk
▶︎Brickwork Park, Toronto, On
 
Author
▶︎ Rod Mac Donald, OALA
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Paletta Park

 
Description
▶︎ One of several outdoor seating terraces providing views to Lake Ontario and venues for special events.
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Paletta Park
▶︎ Burlington, On
 
Author
▶︎ Rod Mac Donald, OALA
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Lake Wilcox Park Waterfront Promenade

 
Description
▶︎ Lake Wilcox Park is 5.48 hectares of beautiful waterfront parkland, nestled on the eastern shores of Lake Wilcox in the Town of Richmond Hill that pays homage to its Indigenous, cultural and environmental roots. A section of neglected beachfront roadway was converted into an active pedestrian and cycling promenade providing the community with recreational opportunities while preserving its natural resources and restoring the shoreline ecology to its former natural state.
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Lake Wilcox Park Waterfront Promenade
▶︎ Lake Wilcox Park, Richmond Hill, On
 
Author
▶︎ Leighann Braine, OALA
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Lake Wilcox Park Outdoor Classroom

 
Description
▶︎ Leading off from the main waterfront promenade down to the water's edge is an outdoor classroom area with seating that provides opportunities for students to gather and learn about the kettle lake’s formation and unique history of the site. The park’s Indigenous, cultural and environmental heritages are celebrated through many design elements and public art pieces intricately woven throughout the site, emerging from the foliage and leading the viewer on a timeless journey.
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Lake Wilcox Park Outdoor Classroom
▶︎ Lake Wilcox Park, Richmond Hill, On
 
Author
▶︎ Leighann Braine, OALA
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Credit River Stabilization

 
Description
▶︎ This project entailed realizing and restoring a 1km long reach of the credit to mitigate erosion and manage ice movement. This ‘designed’ landscape has evolved to become a beautiful, ecologically rich and functional environmental feature. The project broadened awareness of the landscape in designing natural landscapes that can offset the impacts of urbanization.
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Credit River Stabilization
▶︎ Missisauga, On
 
Author
▶︎ Mark Schollen, OALA

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