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BACKGROUNDER
programmatic, spatial and ecological
environments. These negotiations are
fundamental as they affect the core
of the public urban fabric - the street.
They are also complex, multi-layered and
lengthy. For changes to be implemented,
they need to be agreed upon on many
levels - departments of transportations,
governing bodies, local communities and
local economies to name a few, and small
achievements are therefore great victories.
Good examples of this process are
projects like the recent transformation of
Kelowna's Bernard Avenue, Vancouver's
parklets and Winnipeg's curb cuts in
favour of bike lanes.
INNOVATION AT THE MARGINS
All of the articles in this issue of
LP demonstrate that innovation in
landscape architecture occurs in a social
context. It is widely understood that
landscape architecture has an innate
social agenda: the profession improves
environmental conditions. However,
the social context can be expressed in a
multitude of other ways. Notable is the
articulate description of social innovation
by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation,
a private philanthropic organization
which funds programs that support
Canadians in building a more innovative,
inclusive, sustainable and resilient
society. The McConnell Foundation
specifically describes innovation as "the
process of developing new approaches,
perceptions or programs that meet social
needs." (www.mcconnellfoundation.ca/
en/granting/innovation) They further
add that "most innovation takes place 'at
the margins,' where people are struggling
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to find solutions to real problems." This
suggests a concise (perhaps small or
limited) context, a difficult process of
working towards a solution, and real
- even urgent - issues. These three
aspects resonate within a landscape
architectural context.
We invite you to turn to Félix-Antoine
Joli-Coeur's description of "Je Vois
Montréal" - a grassroots, bottom-up and
community-driven design and decisionmaking
process which is leading to
improved environments for the city.
Much the same grassroots decisionmaking
is at work in a very different
manner across the country in Vancouver,
where Projects in Place has developed
a "flash mob" approach to community
improvement, involving many hundreds
of volunteers in a colourful array of
community projects. Innovation so often
begins with the small, with real problems
that capture the attention of individuals
and communities. In Winnipeg, for
example, a 50-year-old asphalt
schoolyard became a Folly Forest of 100
trees, using modest fundraised dollars
combined with Straub and Thurmayr's
"humble project thinking". The folly in a
schoolyard demonstrates the potential
of landscape architecture as a social
transformer. Again, to repeat Marc
Ryan's words, "micro-advancements"
speak to "macro-concerns".
On a similarly intimate scale,
community demands and social conflict
were the bases upon which Claude
Cormier and Associates' re-designed
tiny Berczy Park in Toronto to
accommodate both people and dogs.
Marc Hallé's concise description of
this project illustrates the conflicting
social needs for this compact space and
the office's outstanding skill in using
design as a medium to coalesce social
divergences and, through design, create
a united front. This capacity of design
to positively synthesize a conflicting
condition is one of the most powerful
skills in the LA's repertoire.
Design processes in landscape
architecture are complex and non-linear,
yet, perhaps unsurprisingly, breaking
through existing conventions related
to park design remains a challenge
for every designer. Both in academic
and commercial environments, a
multitude of theories and methods
exist to spur innovation. The essay,
A Walk on the Wild Side, explores
the methods of falsification and
deconstruction|reconstruction which our
firm, WANTED PAYSAGE employed in
the creation of the Quincy Street Open
Space. We set out to create a park with a
more spontaneous atmosphere, a place
that is less pre-determined and managed
and which welcomes dynamic processes
of nature and human use.
APPROACHES THAT HAVE
GLOBAL CLOUT
Even technology - often the first
field with which we associate
innovation - has a social context. This is
clearly demonstrated by Liat Margolis,
whose green-roof testing research at
the University of Toronto's Grit Lab is
a critical and reactive response to the
substandard operative and performative
practices which are not addressed by
users, fabricators and governmental
http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca/

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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 - Writers | Collaboratuers
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Je Vois Montreal
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - The Common Sense Curb Cut
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
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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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