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SIGNPOST
agencies. Liat advocates a closer link
between research and education where
actual testing practices are integrated
into the pedagogical curriculum.
Innovative research has clear potential
to change widespread practice.
SEASONAL BREEDING GROUNDS
Temporary projects are a breeding
ground for innovation. Seasonal
urban installations, ephemeral art
projects, garden festivals and other
temporary events foster exploration,
experimentation - and possibly
innovation. In the idea of temporality
are embedded a number of conditions
that foster a wider range of possibilities.
The absence of a requirement for
longevity and durability opens up design
potential for concepts that would
otherwise be impossible. The absence of
many zoning requirements, regulations
and multiple approval processes also
contributes to this exploratory climate.
Thus, temporality is a venue for
exploration and experimentation, and
if positive discoveries can be repeated
or employed in other projects, it has a
generative aspect.
Seasonal installations such as
Montréal's Forêt Urbaine, Saskatoon's
public art programs, and Vancouver's
Parklets bring a dynamic and festive
atmosphere to an urban environment;
they bring social benefits, generate
economic revenue and build identity.
From a sustainability perspective
these installations can be also critically
evaluated, to determine the worth of
such financial one-use investments,
probe the question of disposability, and
URBAN FOREST. PHOTO CLAUDIA BARRA DE VINCENZO
determine if their success negates - or
encourages - long-term investment in the
quality of the urban open space.
The Jardins de Métis International
Garden Festival is a unique Quebec and
Canadian testing ground and landscape
laboratory for a multitude of design
practices. Although innovation is not
stated as an objective, it has inspired
the international design community
as well as educational institutions and
governments. The temporal aspect of
the festival combined with its direction,
its specific selection of invitées and its
international competition facilitates
the experimental qualities of many of
the gardens. Experiment can lead to
innovation but does not guarantee it.
Therefore this "landscape as a laboratory"
is a testing ground in which to make
physical, the ideas of the mind, and
construct "thoughts" that have yet
to materialize. Even the non-visiting
audience and an exponentially growing
international community are inspired
by the gardens. Many of the writers
here, including myself, have links with
this Festival.
INNOVATION AND CONTINUITY
Because innovation is rooted in social
processes that spur proactive and
reactive responses to critical issues, it
ties the past to the present. Here lies
the power of landscape architects and
researchers. Landscape specialists can
understand and synthesize complex
problems and generate positive and
proactive strategies for the future.
With impatience, I am looking forward
to a multitude of dynamic, innovative
approaches that guarantee an inspired
response to a changing environment.
paula@w-a-n-t-e-d.com
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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 - 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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