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PRIX 2017 POUR L'ENSEMBLE DES RÉALISATIONS

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IN CONVERSATION WITH RON MIDDLETON + JAMES THOMAS

DOUGLAS OLSON: A LIFE SO FAR
My favourite scale is probably between 5,000
and 20,000 square kilometres. Because at that
scale, you really can spatially DESIGN...
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THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
AWARD of the CSLA is a singular honour,
recognizing a landscape architect whose
achievements have had a lasting impact
on the profession and on the earth and
its people. DOUGLAS OLSON [DO],
CEO of O2 Planning and Design, received
the 2017 award at the CSLA Congress
in Montreal. Yet for Doug Olson, the
"Lifetime" achievements are very much a
work in progress. He is fully engaged, and
continues to tackle work that should be
done - work that he loves.
LP invited two senior LAs, both
philosopher-practitioners, to ask Doug
the hard questions: what's made the
difference over the first 30 years... and
what is yet to come, as definitions of the
profession morph and change?
JAMES THOMAS [JT] is in his 38th
year with HTFC Planning and Design
in Winnipeg. Like Doug Olson, he is
passionate about planning at a regional
scale, and breaking the silos that stifle
creativity.
RONALD MIDDLETON [RM], whose
own storied career was centered in O2's
home province of Alberta, is renowned for
his remarkable ability to bring together
warring faction and find workable
solutions to complex problems.

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JT: Now that you've achieved everything
that was possible in your lifetime, what's
next for you, Doug Olson?
DO: Well I'm certainly not done yet!
Lifetime Achievement awards expect
you to ride off into the sunset...but I
would hope that I've still got my best
work in front of me. As you know, O2 is
a multidisciplinary team of landscape
architects, landscape ecologists,
environmental planners, urban designers,
urban and regional planners. And that
allows us to work right across scales.
We've got a body of work behind us now
that is allowing us to get some of the best
work that you can imagine getting. And it
still is coming in...
JT: Why would you give that up?
DO: I won't give it up but I am giving up
working like a grad student...
RM: About those years of grad school... I
am curious about the path that brought
you here, Doug. I'm still not sure what
brought me to landscape architecture:
I started in drama. Back then in Alberta,
there was virtually nobody doing LA work.

There's a fair hiatus in your résumé before
you got your LA degrees.
DO: Well, it was interesting. I'd done a
couple of years in Arts in Manitoba and
then I married an interior designer and
was introduced to a love of design. I
wanted to do landscape architecture, but
it was going to take me six years - so I
decided to take forest technology at the
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
And I still think that was a terrific
foundation for my career. We spent the
first month in a tent camp with German
forest ecologists and soil scientists, out
cruising timber, digging soil pits, coring
trees...I had a real interest in silviculture,
and even in agro-forestry, which was just
starting to take off.
I was offered a job down at the Sheep
River Wildlife Sanctuary in the most
beautiful valley in the foothills - a
wonderful place, still the best place
I've ever lived. I was there during the
development of Kananaskis Country,
the largest outdoor recreational
development in North American history
at the time - it probably still is. And I
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2018

To Begin With
Our Writers
Upfront
Essay
THE TRIAD OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
CHANGZHI WETLAND PARK
AFTER THE DESIGNERS LEAVE THE ROOM
YOU CAN ONLY DESIGN A RIVER ONCE
CONVERSATION
A “PUF” OF INSPIRATION: TOWARD NET ZERO NEIGHBOURHOODS
THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
INTERVIEW
CRITIQUE
PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
Landscapes - Spring 2018 - Intro
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - To Begin With
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - Our Writers
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - Upfront
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE TRIAD OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CHANGZHI WETLAND PARK
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - AFTER THE DESIGNERS LEAVE THE ROOM
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - YOU CAN ONLY DESIGN A RIVER ONCE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CONVERSATION
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - A “PUF” OF INSPIRATION: TOWARD NET ZERO NEIGHBOURHOODS
Landscapes - Spring 2018 - 57
Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
Landscapes - Spring 2018 - 59
Landscapes - Spring 2018 - 60
Landscapes - Spring 2018 - 61
Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - INTERVIEW
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CRITIQUE
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