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ORDERLY EXPECTATIONS

FIGURE 2

FIGURE 1

He went on to conclude that Old Naledi's
complex social and economic networks and
built form were inextricably entwined, and the
results were in many respects more resilient
and responsive to contemporary conditions in
Botswana than the rest of the capital.
John's team abandoned the grid and
created a plot map that followed as closely
as possible the existing footpath network,
respecting established sub-neighbourhoods,
informal market spaces, and social and
economic patterns (Fig. 2). The imperative for
order didn't have to relax much to make big
differences: for example, by simply continuing
to allow for varied plot sizes and shapes, the
plan accommodated vastly different spatial
needs among the residents and achieved a
comfortable density far in excess of what
could be provided in a regular grid layout.

FIGURE 1. GABORONE, BOTSWANA. BASED ON PLAN
BY ALLISON DENISKY, PUBLISHED ON BEHANCE, MAY,
2016. FIGURE 2. VAN NOSTRAND'S PLAN, WHICH
STRIKES AN "UNPRECEDENTED BALANCE" BETWEEN
TRADITIONAL SETTLEMENT PATTERNS AND THE
MODERN STANDARDS OF SERVICING AND SAFETY.
BASED ON DRAWING BY JOHN VAN NOSTRAND, 1982.

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The Old Naledi Plan became a model for
similar developments around Botswana, and
40 years later the community continues to
thrive and improve itself. New Naledi was
abandoned and has since been bulldozed.
ORDERLY EXPECTATIONS: BACK HOME
My other example is from closer to home,
and illustrates both the value and pitfalls of
loosening things up. In 2008, HTFC Planning &
Design was hired to come up with a recreation
and economic opportunities plan as part of
the expansion of the Red River Floodway, a
massive diversion channel running up the east
side of Winnipeg.
Our starting point was in some ways similar
to that in Botswana so long ago. As with Old
Naledi, there had been a lot of planning work
done in advance, and the Floodway Authority
had expectations of a plan that fleshed out
the early proposals: a simple four-season
trail rounded out with some agriculture (hay
production) and tourist attractions. And once
again, some in-depth analysis prompted a
departure from the expected program.
In this case, we focused instead on the
unique ecological services that could only
be delivered by a landscape of this size and
permanence. Here was a contiguous green
space within walking distance of a major

city, 48 km in length and nearly a kilometre
wide in places, under government control
in perpetuity. It is hard to imagine a better
spot to do ecological restoration at a scale
that could make a difference. This idea also
opened the door to a host of new economic
and recreation spin-off opportunities
beyond those which already existed: forage
and commercial seed production, birding,
silvaculture, nutraceuticals, and grazing as a
management tool and tourist attraction.
We worked with ecologist John Morgan
to develop a 100-year greenway plan that
combines upland native tree belts with
restored tall grass prairie in the channel,
echoing the vegetation pattern that occurred
on meltwater channels that once crisscrossed
the prairies in the wake of receding glaciers.
The tree belts offer shelter, diversify habitat,
modulate views, and screen nearby residences
from trail activities, while the grasslands
protect the channel with the most productive
and resilient erosion control system available.
Landscape restoration at this scale of
course presents unique challenges, spread
over a very long time frame. The plans called
for a staged 50-year grow-in (Fig. 3), followed
by another 50 years of management as the
landscape developed into an integrated,
productive land system that could renew



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2017

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
PROLOGUE
ESSAY | ESSAI
Après le désordre vient le beau temps
A Fine Mess
Biophilic City
“I Am the Space Where I Am”
OPINION
Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
Messiness by Intention
CRITIQUE
@landtecanada Taking It With You
THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Après le désordre vient le beau temps
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - A Fine Mess
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Biophilic City
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - “I Am the Space Where I Am”
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Messiness by Intention
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - CRITIQUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - @landtecanada Taking It With You
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