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excellence BRIAN PARKER, GUEST EDITOR | RÉDACTEUR INVITÉ WHEN “ENOUGH” IS JUST RIGHT LE SENS DU MOT « ACCOMPLISSEMENT » WITH THE 2012 CSLA Awards of Excellence Jury examining a bumper crop of 76 entries, our adjudication process seemed at times to be an assembly line of review, comments, discussion and decisions to award, with little opportunity to spend more time on especially interesting submissions. The tight timeline, however, kept the jurors sharp and a rhythm was quickly established, allowing us to study the enormous variety of works, from botanic gardens to residential front yards, courtyards to campuses, public plazas to streetscapes. Virtually every submission displayed elements that pushed the established domain of the profession. To all, a very well done. Despite impassioned debate, the Jury had little diffi culty selecting the two exemplary projects worthy of National Honour. • Sherbourne Common – a 21st century approach to urban land use and environmental stewardship on Toronto’s waterfront (page 24), and • RESOLVE: Negotiation and Implementation of Aboriginal Land Claims – an ongoing relationship with First Nation’s People that literally spanned decades (page 26), The Jury also honoured four projects with National Merit Awards and another six with National Citations. Each one displayed insights that could be applied to a wide range of future projects nationally. Another 21 submissions, cited for Regional Awards, showed no less creativity, but were more restricted in their applicability. Since I have free rein to mention my personal favourites, all of which stimulated plenty of discussion, I will mention just three. The Instant Garden (page 45), based upon recycled sandbags, was a great piece of thinking outside the box. Contained within a residential driveway, the garden reflected the reality that projects do not need to have million dollar budgets or use vast amounts of resources. This simple idea reinvented a common by-product of flooding into an environmental and fun exercise in alternative uses. I also loved the Routes des Belévèderes (page 40), particularly for its great blend of fact and fiction...a “what if we could?...where would we put it?” idea that actually made a tremendous statement about the kinds of ideas generated by the profession. None of these lookouts may ever be built, though the graphically concise presentation left little doubt that they could be...and I, for one, would pay to use a couple of them if they were. I will conclude with my favourite project, the remarkably restrained restoration of Montreal’s historic fortification walls (page 38). The LA achieved results with the most minimal of treatments, expressing the site’s history, and conveying respect for, and understanding of, what those foundations mean to the City of Montreal. Far too often in interventions of this type, restraint is subjugated by over-the-top excess. Like a painter wondering if he should add that final highlight, this project reveals a great awareness of when enough is just right. UNE RÉCOLTE EXCEPTIONNELLE de 76 projets a été examinée par les jurés des Prix d’excellence 2012 de l’AAPC. À un moment, on avait l’impression de former une chaîne de montage : lectures, commentaires, débats, décisions… et nous étions parfois déçus de ne pas pouvoir consacrer plus de temps à tel ou tel projet fascinant. L’échéancier serré a toutefois tenu les jurés en alerte, et nous avons rapidement trouvé un rythme, de façon à étudier tous les projets. Jardins botaniques et entrées résidentielles, rues ou grandes cours, campus et places publiques… La plupart des candidatures repoussaient les limites établies par notre profession. De vives félicitations à toutes et à tous. En dépit d’un débat passionné, le jury a rapidement choisi les deux projets dignes d’un Honneur national. • Sherbourne Common – Planification urbaine et gérance de l’environnement dans le secteur riverain de Toronto : une approche digne du XXIe siècle (page 24) • RESOLVE – Négotiations et revendications territoriales des Autochtones : des discussions avec les Premières nations qui s’étalent sur des décennies (page 26). Le jury a aussi décerné à quatre projets un Mérite national, et à six autres une Citation nationale. Chacun regorgeait d’idées applicables à de nombreux projets futurs à l’échelle nationale. Vingt-et-une autres candidatures, qui ont mérité une Citation régionale, démontraient autant de créativité, tout en ayant une portée plus restreinte. 22 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES http://www.csla.ca

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2012

Talk to Me! | Parlez-nous!
Upfront | Prologue
When Enough is Just Right | Le sens du mot accomplissement
The Nationals | Les Prix Nationaux
National Honour Awards |Prix Honneur National
National Merit Awards | Prix Mérite Nationale
National Citation Awards | Prix Citation Nationale
The Regionals | Les Prix Régionaux
Adjudication | Décision
Opinion | Opinion
Critique | Critique
Urban Design Awards | Prix Du Design Urbain
On Our Toes | Des pas prudents

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