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CANADA'S LANDSCAPE CHARTER JEAN LANDRY UPFRONT | PROLOGUE TAIL FEATHERS UP! MUSINGS FROM CAROL CRAIG, CSLA PRESIDENT DRAwING RYAN JAMES FR_ > LP+ DÉPLOYEZ VOTRE PLUMAGE ! EN_ DURING A RECENT discussion with a young landscape architect, I was introduced to a story called "A Peacock in a Land of Penguins." He told me that sometimes in his office, he looks over his shoulder and sees lots of black suits (i.e., penguins!) and feels somewhat out of place. So I checked out that reliable source, youTube, ( watch?v=8G16urFgo5s) to find out more. If you are not familiar with the story, it is about Perry, the peacock, who joins a firm of penguins. They initially love his flamboyance and great ideas but eventually suggest that he become more like the rest of the staff. Perry struggles with the proposed changes and eventually leaves for a more accepting workplace where he is appreciated, flamboyance and all. I have to admit I started thinking about penguins and peacocks. And I, like my colleague, considered landscape architects as peacocks: creative, fun and filled with ideas. But I also thought about 16 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES peacocks and how they like to stand alone, displaying their finery, and not necessarily to the right peahen. And I thought about how a peacock's display could be greatly enhanced if a group of them raised their tail feathers together to really make an impact (maybe acting, to some degree, more like a waddle of penguins). This group effort would make a big audacious statement and put the peacocks in the spotlight, where they could really strut their stuff. So peacocks, rise up and raise your tail feathers together! Be part of the ostentation (i.e., a flock of peacocks). It will change how penguins see us. Remember, there is power in numbers, but some bright plumage never hurts either! NOTE: A group of penguins on land is called a waddle. A group of penguins in the water is called a raft, and a large group of nesting penguins is called a colony. STAND ToGETHER! Check out the CSLA standing paper on climate change at FR_ > LP+ LA CHARTE DU PAYSAGE EN_ AN ADVENTURE LAUNCHED by the IFLA almost a decade ago is approaching completion here in Canada. In 2006, the IFLA began to develop a Global Landscape Convention, which would give "landscape its own identity". Landscapes would no longer be considered simply as those "empty areas between buildings, housing developments, highways and urban centres, or vague sectors capable of managing themselves". Instead, landscape would be viewed as "an integral part of the physical contexts within which those previous dynamic processes operate". IFLA adjusted its strategy in 2010, when uNESCO representatives said they would support the development of national landscape charters (rather than a global

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2015

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Landscapes - Winter 2015