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GR ANDS PAYSAGES RUR AUX

GÉRALD DOMON

TRAINING EXPERTS
IN AN EMERGING FIELD
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for cataloguing those landscapes which are valued and those which
are not, and so on.
PAST DYNAMICS, DIVERSE EXPERTISE
Since past dynamics in the landscape can reveal current pressures,
the analysis includes an examination of transformations occurring
over the last decade or two. Researchers explore the perspectives of
those specialists and professionals who have worked directly on the
territory with others who have been external to past processes, to
raise a broad awareness of current issues.
It takes time to collate the knowledge and to assimilate it, and to
decide what to act upon and why. Here again, different tools have
been developed or can be adapted, such as SWOT analysis or issue
identification using diagram-blocks.
For many European countries, there is a legal requirement to
account for landscape issues in urban planning documents; this is
not the case in Quebec. Thus, it is important that large-landscape
approaches be grounded in active consultation which includes
specialists in landscape, planning and cultural development.
These practices may not be familiar to landscape architects who
work with projects at smaller scales. Through large-landscapes
projects, the expert designer takes on an additional role: that of
expert mediator. By training experts who are capable of working in
both large scale landscapes and small, and who are skilled in enriching
each other's work, we may meet one of the profession's major shortterm challenges: training students to grasp the qualitative aspects of
landscapes at every planning scale.
gerald.domon@umontreal.ca
julie.ruiz@uqtr.ca
Ruiz, J., G. Domon, C. Jambon, C. Paquin and L.-P.
Rousselle-Brosseau (2012), Connaître et comprendre les paysages
d'aujourd'hui pour penser ceux de demain. Le diagnostic paysager
de la MRC des Maskoutains (2e édition), Chaire en paysage et
environnement de l'Université de Montréal and Université du
Québec à Trois-Rivières, 70 p.
Online: http://www.mrcmaskoutains.qc.ca

EXCERPTED FROM AAPQ's PAYSAGES, 2016, WITH THE KIND
PERMISSION OF THE AUTHORS AND THE AAPQ

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THE NEW WAVE of community interest in large landscapes
is presenting LA educators with immediate challenges.
The first, undoubtedly, is the need to teach students the
meaning of design at the regional scale. At the University of
Montreal, we begin by teaching the arguments of authors
such as Joan Nassauer for whom every action taken with the
intention of shaping space is necessarily an act of design.
At the regional scale, these "actions" can take many forms,
including programs, policies or any initiative brought to bear
on physical space.
Second, regional projects involving a wide range of actors
must be built on a shared knowledge base. Preparation
of essential data can be a highly creative exercise, but
students come to understand the scope of the chore, given
the large number of studies to be done, the large territory
to cover and, frequently, the need to integrate new fields of
knowledge (agriculture and forestry, for example.) Finally,
working with a diverse group of people requires particularly
strong communication and interpersonal skills; both are
often overlooked in LA education.
At Montreal's school of urban planning and landscape
architecture, we build capability through regional-space
workshops conducted in close cooperation with local
communities. Third-year undergraduates become familiar
with landscape-related issues, with the different methods
used to characterize landscapes, and with developing
proposals that make sense to the community: their proposals
must be presented to local stakeholders. In 2016, another
workshop, part of the LA master's program, placed a
strong emphasis on mastering certain software tools, on
developing landscape-mediation skills, and even on leading
collaborative workshops to define shared visions and key
proposals. In 2017, we will launch a research master's in
cities, territories and landscapes, in which students can work
to develop new approaches to emerging issues, and acquire
complementary skills in urban planning, a desire some have
already expressed.

MASKOUTAINS REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: ORGANIZATION OF HUMAN
ELEMENTS, AGRICULTURAL LAND SUBDIVISION, FORESTS, TOPOGRAPHY
AND THE HYDROLOGICAL SYSTEM. DIAGRAM BY L.-P. ROUSELLE-BROSSEAU |
PAYSAGES RURAUX: PRESSES DE L'UNIVERSITÉ DE MONTRÉAL, 2015
3 EXPOSITION DES TRAVAUX DE FINIISANTS (PHOTO J. RUIZ)

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Design at the Broad Scale
WHAT HAPPENS HERE DOES AFFECT THERE
SPONGE CITIES
THE REMARKABLE PROMISE OF THE DON RIVER VALLEY
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