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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, 2017

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I believe landscape
architects are well-suited
to direct, and to shape
multidisciplinary teams
with external consultants
- particularly for complex
public projects.

Especially working with government...
there is an advantage in being a
consultant and able to coordinate a
multi-disciplinary team...if the consultant
is given some free rein to help coordinate
and break down these different silos.
We're working on several city wide parks
plans and it's astounding the number
of different departments involved.
Departments that may or may not have a
history of working well together. I believe
we can help with that.
JT: What about the political arena?
In your last article for LP, you said
something I consider profound: "Design,
particularly at the broad scale, is a
political act."

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DO: The more actors are involved,
the more political it becomes...The
broader the scale, the higher the stakes.
Politicians like to say they don't want to
create winners and losers. But broadscale plans do create winners and losers,
by prioritizing one value over another.
Probably the most important thing I've
learned is to be clear at the beginning:
how is the plan going to be judged?
You can usually get agreement, even at
high levels, on what would make a good
plan. Protecting biodiversity, reducing
impacts on water quality, reducing the
cost of public infrastructure...there are
not many people, when it comes right
down to it, who will disagree...If you can
get agreement on that up front, you can
always keep coming back to a very clear
set of principles...

ideas. Not my particular ideas...but the
idea of being able to look at things in an
integrated way. When I realized that you
could put an idea out there and actually
get somebody to fund it...that started
to give me the confidence that I think is
necessary in this profession. You have to
be confident but not arrogant, and you
have to be analytical and not cynical.
JT: It's the interesting balance between
having a great idea, but also then
bringing everybody with you...
DO: What's different about landscape
architecture is that you can have
this kind of creative inspiration, that
mysterious leap to physical form, and
then you can test it. You've got reason
on one side, and something more
mysterious on the other...

At the broader scale, planning is a
negotiation. As landscape architects,
we use the analysis - not to bury people
in detail - but to show people that what
we're saying is more likely correct than
not. I know we can't manage by the
numbers all the time, but it sure helps
when we can.

...Maybe that is what differentiates our
profession. We understand natural and
hopefully social processes, and we have
ways of assessing how our designs will
influence those processes.

RM: Was there an "aha!" moment in your
career when things clarified for you?

DO: The ideas are often compelling. But
you know...the other thing is, I'm not
afraid to be wrong...and to say I'm wrong.
But...I've got to be proven wrong!

DO: You know, it was funny, I think
there was a point when I'd kind of
finished all my education and I started
understanding that people are really
hungry for these kinds of solutions and

JT: And once you put your ideas out
there, you are compelling to people...

ronaldmiddleton@shaw.ca
jthomas@htfc.mb.ca
douglas@o2design.com



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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