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ESSAY | ESSAI

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When KARL POPPER meets "THE POOPERS,"
a generic park concept is transformed...

working with Weston & Sampson. Our
common goal was to reinvestigate
this notion of the generic park, and to
craft a place that could function as a
potential remedy for a cultural affliction:
nature deficit. Would it be possible
to develop a different kind of park, a
place with room for a wilder and more
spontaneous atmosphere...a place that is
less pre-determined and managed, and
welcomes dynamic processes of nature
and human use?
PROBLEM 1: THE POOPERS
While this ideological intention of the park
seemed reasonable and was a concept
supported by the city and local community,
the local residents' initial fierce
predicament was whether or not to fence
the park. The key issue was dog poop.
Some local residents had used the park
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to run their dogs unleashed - an activity
made possible by the existing chain link
fence and gate, which prevented the dogs
from running into the busy street. Other
residents objected to the poop that was
everywhere in the park. If the park were
to be traditionally fenced and gated, the
dog running would continue. However, a
new and large dog park had been recently
constructed just two blocks away.
Residents therefore decided to allow dogs
in the park, but not off-leash. The park
design would include a small lawn for the
dogs to relieve themselves - but no gate.
ONE CHANGE PROvOKES ANOTHER
It is important to explain that Quincy
Park is very small, and set in a diverse
urban neighbourhood in the process of
gentrification. Hence, cultural differences
and alliances surfaced in the design

process, whether the issue was dog poop
or whether or not to cut down weed
trees, or whether to encourage native
trees or ornamentals instead, or whether
the money would be better spent on
strengthening the police force. The park
occupies a house lot. When fire destroyed
the initial residence, the property
was willed to the city's conservation
commission as public open space under the
condition that a special place be reserved
for birds. Over 20 years or so, the minute
rectangle was cared for by the neighbours
who planted lawn and shrubs under a
towering canopy of Sycamore Maples
which grow at the property edges.
The community agreed that
improvements were necessary. We
were tasked with carving a universally
accessible route across the park, which
has a grade change of almost two metres
in the very small site. We would also
develop runoff infiltration strategies
into the Boston blue clay soil and create
gathering spaces and passive recreation
opportunities for a multi-generational
neighbourhood - all on a miniscule budget.



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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