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A MEMORIAL WRIT IN THE LANDSCAPE

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JOHN DEWOLF + ADAM FINE

THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION:

A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
EN_ON DECEMBER 6, 2017, Halifax marked the centenary
of the Halifax Explosion, with the opening of Fort Needham
grounds as a Memorial Park. At 9:04 a.m., hundreds gathered
for a minute of silence; ships' horns sounded; a cannon blasted
from Citadel Hill. And around the assembled crowd, even in the
drenching rain, the memorial landscape told its story, evoking
intimate images of the disaster so long ago.
Authors John deWolf and Adam Fine are experiential graphic
designers who worked with Ekistics Planning and Design to
implement the park's master plan. Their story is a follow-up to
"Community and Commemoration," by Sandra Cooke, in LP's
"Time" issue, 2016 winter (vol. 18, no. 4).
FR_L'EXPLOSION D'HALIFAX: Une histoire que seul le
paysage peut raconter
Le 6 décembre 2017, Halifax a célébré le centenaire de
l'explosion par l'inauguration d'un parc commémoratif sur le
terrain de Fort Needham. À 9 h 04, des centaines de personnes
se sont rassemblées pour une minute de silence; les cornes des
navires ont sonné; un canon a tiré de Citadel Hill. Et autour de
la foule rassemblée, même sous la pluie diluvienne, le paysage
commémoratif a raconté son histoire, évoquant des images
intimes du désastre.

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Les auteurs John deWolf et Adam Fine sont des graphistes
d'expérience qui ont travaillé avec Ekistics Planning and Design
pour mettre en œuvre le plan directeur du parc. Leur histoire
fait suite à l'article « Communité et commémoration », de
Sandra Cooke, dans le numéro « Le temps » de LP, hiver 2016
(vol. 18, no 4).
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EN_
"WHEN BRITAIN IS AT WAR, Canada is at war. There is no
distinction," stated Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 1910. But the First
World War, when it came, churned on, and neither Laurier nor
Prime Minister Borden could have predicted the profound
consequences at home, or on December 6, 2017, in Halifax.
During the war, military and merchant ships mustered in
Halifax's Bedford Basin, many destined to make the dangerous
Atlantic crossing to the European theatres of war. On that
tragic December day, two ships in the Narrows collided: the
Norwegian SS Imo, a merchant vessel headed to the U.S. to
load supplies for Belgian relief, struck the French SS MontBlanc laden with the raw goods for the production of explosives
bound for Europe. The collision generated the largest
non-nuclear explosion of the twentieth-century. In the blink of
an eye, the community of Richmond was wiped from the face
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of the city. One in twenty-five succumbed to the disaster; one
in five suffered injury, many with lifelong afflictions, and one in
ten were left homeless.
Today, no human witnesses to the tragedy remain. But the
Memorial Park on Fort Needham Hill, with its vantage point
overlooking ground zero of the explosion, will forever be tied to
that devastating event.
THE STORIES THE HILL COULD TELL
When our teams began to prepare the hill for the centenary,
we launched a joint process in awakening memory. Ekistics
Planning and Design had shaped the site's Master Plan with
two clear goals: to significantly enhance Fort Needham's
power as a memorial for the city, the province and the nation,
but also to meet the needs of the community for an improved


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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
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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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