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vIDEO | vIDÉO PHOEBE CHARD, ANNA THURMAYR, DIETMAR STRAUB

EUROPEAN HONOUR
FOR FOLLY FOREST
DIETMAR STRAUB + ANNA THURMAYR

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OF COURSE, ONE always hopes...but
imagine our surprise when an email
arrived from Barcelona, home of the
8th International Biennial of Landscape
Architecture. "Congratulations! we are
glad to inform you that your project is
one of the 11 finalists running for the
Rosa Barba International Landscape
Prize 2014...We will be honoured to have
you present at the biennial."
The Rosa Barba Prize has become
the most renowned prize for landscape
architecture in Europe. From among
452 submissions, the jury selected just
11 projects which, as the competition
announcement suggested, discovered
"new ways of action, while exploring
inhospitable areas and guiding
discussion towards rethinking old
certainties..." Among the 11 were The
High Line in New York by James Corner of
Field Operations; Qunli Stormwater Park
in Heilongjiang, China, by Kongjian Yu of
Turenscape; and Auckland Waterfront:
North Wharf Promenade and Silo Park
in New Zealand, by Perry Lethlean of
TCL Studios.
And Folly Forest: A Dance Floor for
100 Trees, in Winnipeg, Canada.
14 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES

HUMBLE PROJECT THINKING
We did not bring the trophy home. (The
jury decided that the New Zealand project
was the best of the best.) But we believe
that the real reason Folly Forest was
amongst the finalists is this: the magic of
the real...and the decidedly humble.
Folly Forest was a pro bono project
designed and realized in a 50-year-old
asphalt courtyard in an underprivileged
area of Winnipeg, at first glance, a
decidedly "inhospitable area". Some
$80,000, all of it fundraised, was the
budget for the 4000 square metre "dance
floor for trees"... a folly of a forest,
composed of grassy cracks in the asphalt
planted with trees, and city throwaways
and objets trouvés: bricks, rusty cauldrons,
silvery logs. (Revisit Folly Forest in
LP, Summer 2013) This humble project
references Joseph Beuys and his 7000
Oaks Project in Kassel, Germany, an
ecological intervention whose object was
to change a living urban environment in
an enduring way. Read about 7000 Oaks
at http://bit.ly/1xPhCiF. In Winnipeg,
just 100 trees were planted, but to borrow
Joseph Beuys's expression, the Folly Forest
could become a silent signal of change.

The "folly" in a schoolyard
demonstrates the immense potential
of landscape architecture as a special
and social transformer, and our Biennial
presentation, entitled Humble Project
Thinking, was designed to serve as a
theoretical background for other projects
of this nature. Teaching, research
and interdisciplinary discourse are
indispensable in our search for innovative
ways to spatially transform everyday
landscapes. And the benefits of planting
a tree - or 100 - cannot be over-stated.
The trees will mature, their root
suckers cracking the asphalt from
below like vegetative anarchists, and
the resulting cracks, gaps and fugues in
the asphalt will create more and more
freedom for unexpected life.
For a list of the finalists, see:
http://bit.ly/1BHEnWB
Dietmar.Straub@umanitoba.ca
Anna.Thurmayr@umanitoba.ca

SCREENSHOT FROM VIDEO SHOWN IN BARCELONA,
ENTITLED FOLLY FOREST: HOW TO TRANSFORM
AN ASPHALT DESERT INTO A DIVERSE AND
STIMULATING OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT? | CAPTURE
D'ÉCRAN D'UNE VIDÉO PROJETÉE À BARCELONE ET
INTITULÉE FOLLY FOREST: HOW TO TRANSFORM
AN ASPHALT DESERT INTO A DIVERSE AND
STIMULATING OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT?


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Landscapes - Spring 2015

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

To Being With | Pour Commencer
The New Small | Le Microcosme Réinventé
Paula Meijerink, Guest Editor | Rédactrice invitée
EN_LP+ | Small Matters: Backgrounder
FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
Writers | Collaboratuers
Je Vois Montreal
Upfront | Prologue
Forêt urbaine
Urban Braille
Find Your Pebble
Folly Forest
Parklet Experiment
Klynstra Scholarship
Prix 2014 Schwabenbauer
The Common Sense Curb Cut
Essay | Essai
Doggy Style
Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
Tiny Taxonomy
Lying Down in Public
Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
A Non-Urban Approach X3
New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
Opinion
Critique
The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Writers | Collaboratuers
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Je Vois Montreal
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - The Common Sense Curb Cut
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Essay | Essai
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Doggy Style
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Tiny Taxonomy
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Lying Down in Public
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - A Non-Urban Approach X3
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Opinion
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Critique
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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