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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, 2017

I think about planning and design
as being the same verb - just
different scales of resolution.

DO: To Calgary, and started O2.
With my wife. It started out as Olson
and Olson Planning and Design
Consultants Inc. and that didn't really
roll off the tongue so that's where O2
came from.
Immediately we started putting
together unsolicited proposals - the
Southern Rockies Landscape Planning
project was one - looking at broadscale landscapes, spatially. This work
was important for us as it really was
the start of our regional planning. We
also did a lot of other work, for the
national parks and townsites...working
at all different scales, always trying to
maintain interesting work in the office...
RM: I'm interested in those unsolicited
proposals...these were ideas you came
to clients with?

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realized that I needed a better education
if I was going to insert myself where
management decisions were being made.
I'd always had a love of broader-scale
landscapes and what influences their
changing form...
RM: So you applied for LA in Manitoba...?
DO: Yes and they let me, and that led
to my research in Kenya, focusing on
landscape planning for agro-forestry in
the Ngong Hills, just outside of Nairobi,
where Karen Blixen had had her farm
- a beautiful area, now all smallholder
farms. I was interested in the vernacular
landscapes created by ordinary people,
and how they used trees and crops
both for their livelihoods and to stabilize
their environments. But I was interested
in how finer-scale individual work
influenced how broader-scale working
landscapes operated.
JT: The education of a LA is clearly not
a straight line. After Kenya, you worked
at this firm in Winnipeg when it was
called Hilderman Witty if I am right;
then Calgary?
50 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES

DO: Yes, after Hilderman Witty, I was on
a hiking trip to the Rockies and applied
for the job of landscape architect for the
University of Calgary. I got that position
but kept reading about landscape
ecology and some of my heroes at
Harvard, so I applied for the Doctor of
Design program. They took five people a
year, two of them landscape architects,
so I won the lottery basically! I studied
with Carl Steinitz and Stephen Ervin and
Richard Forman. Those three people
have been enormously influential on
my work.
I researched landscape planning for
agro-forestry again, going back to the
slopes of Mt. Kenya, this time taking high
technology - an airborne multi-spectral
imaging spectrometer - to capture
images of the vernacular landscape. The
area was a hedgerow landscape of silky
oaks (Grevillea robusta), interspersed with
the world's best coffee, and maize. I used
high technology, to determine how local
farmers were optimizing their landscape.
JT: Then you returned once again
to Canada...

DO: Yeah, because some of the most
interesting work we've done is work
you know should be done; it's needed,
but no one has articulated it. I think we
have to do more of that: we have to be
more proactive.
RM: This is an interesting message for
emerging practitioners...
DO: Yes, I think younger people now
are more nimble in some ways in
going after unsolicited work. It's a
matter of finding out who might be
really interested [in the work you
want to do]...and if you get lucky, you
get funded.
RM: And those broad landscapes
and landscape planning continued to
draw you...
DO: My favourite scale is probably
between 5,000 and 20,000 square
kilometres. Because at that scale,
you really can spatially DESIGN...And
frankly, I do think of those scales as
landscape architecture. I know many
people don't...I think about planning
and design as being the same verb -
just different scales of resolution.



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
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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
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
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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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