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CONVERSATION

CC: The recent Berczy Park revitalization
in historic Old Toronto beside the Flatiron
Building is a good example. When we
started, there were multiple major
stakeholders with opposite wishes: new
families with kids moving into the core,
single people living with dogs (more than
2000 dogs a day used the park) and a
powerful BIA (Business Improvement
Area) with retail interests...tourists as
well, and people working in the downtown
core. Most loved the park exactly
as it was.
But the park was very tired. Our job was
to build consensus with the community
and bring people into the approval
process, so everyone won something.
We worked with the timeless principles
taught by social urbanist William Whyte
in his seminal 1980 book, The Social
Life of Small Urban Spaces - [the park
needed] places to sit, connection to
the street, security, places to feel the
sun, [access to] water, trees, people,
and "triangulation"[magnets like art or
buskers to draw people]. We adapted
this to the context of Berczy Park, but
added a twist. We invented a dog-themed
fountain to bring people together. Berczy
Park had a history with Toronto's popular
dog festival, Woofstock - and people love
dogs. (See Marc Hallé's story, "Doggy
Style" in LP, spring, 2015.)
We presented a very strong park
re-design concept through the
community consultation process. There
was initial reluctance from the City's
Culture department, but we had the
support and trust of city councillor Pam
McConnell, who knew our Sugar Beach
park, and the element of magic that we
were bringing with us.
It's always challenging when you're
proposing something that's never been
done. But that's one of our working
principles: to invent something new on
each project. This park has incredible
diversity. That's the power of a great park
- it's a park for everybody, a park where
we bring people together...with smiles on
their faces.

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"It's always challenging when you're proposing
something that's never been done. But that's
one of our working principles: to invent
something new on every project."

BK: How important are project
champions to project success?
CC: They are key. No champion, no
project. Often the things that cause
controversy are the things that are
the most beloved over time - like the
pink umbrellas at Sugar Beach. They
were challenged during the design
review process, but their championing
by Chris Glaisek and John Campbell at
Waterfront Toronto pushed them to be
better designed and to remain pink. After
the park was built, Councillor Denzel
Minnan-Wong attacked their cost, their
look, their colour, but it turned against
him when the public came to the project's
defence with lucid arguments about
investing in a high-quality public realm,
and building a positive identity for the
waterfront. This experiential brand is so
successful that we are now working with
the developer for City of the Arts to the
north to extend the idea of Sugar Beach
across Queen's Quay.
BK: What about collaboration at an urban
scale - where landscape shapes the site
and its relationship to the city?

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4 THE WELL MASTER PLAN, TORONTO 5 NATIONAL
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL, OTTAWA 6 BERCZY
PARK, TORONTO 7 SUGAR BEACH, TORONTO
PHOTO 4 + 5 CLAUDE CORMIER ET ASSOCIÉS 6+7 INDUSTRYOUS

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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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