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A section of the park
is devoted to two
basketball half-courts.
BELOW

Support columns
suggested distinct
spaces that could be
devoted to different
recreational activities.

was the sort of space where you expected drive-by Smallenberg's companions soon
shootings," Smallenberg recalls.
took off, but he stayed behind, walking back and forth. He began to
Originally Waterfront Toronto hadn't given any see that the site was "not beautiful
thought to the site, according to Christopher but of interest." The columns and
Glaisek, the group's vice president for planning beams telescope from one end to the
and design. But as the parcels north and south other. "There's this repetition that is
of it were developed with a mix of market-rate simple and hypnotic," he says. The
and subsidized housing, it be- rows of columns were spaced about
came clear that something had to 60 feet apart, defining "rooms" in
be done to make the spot lighter, which discrete activities could take
brighter, and less threatening so place. Smallenberg took some phothat people would feel comfortable tos. By the time he finally left the
walking or biking through it.
site, he was thinking, "OK, we can
do something with this."
But what? Someone threw out the
idea of turning the derelict space Back at the office, Smallenberg and his colleagues started
into a park. To figure out whether sketches that would lead to a plan in which one "room" would
that was even a possibility, Smal- be devoted to two basketball half-courts, another to skateboardlenberg, a construction manager, ing rails, ramps, and ledges. An unprogrammed area was
and David Leinster, ASLA, a principal at the Plan- conceived as the spot where a farmers' market, flea market,
ning Partnership, bundled up to take a look at the or a performance could take place. The fact that the roadways
site one frigid day in 2007. "It was muddy, wet, provide a roof over all these spaces means they are usable even
and ugly," Smallenberg says. Cleaning up the when it's raining or snowing or heat and sun make paved areas
place and adding lighting would be key.
elsewhere inhospitable-a huge plus.

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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 - COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - PROLOGUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - ESSAY | ESSAI
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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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