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CONVERSATION

CC: Toronto's Garrison Point community
is a good example. The site is a triangular
land promontory of 7.6 acres (3.1 ha.)
bounded by rail lines to the north
and south, with two tall towers and
townhouses by Hariri Pontarini Architects
in the first phase, and another three
towers in the second, united by a 3.9-acre
(1.6-ha.) park in the Liberty Village
neighbourhood.
In the original concept, a very long
pedestrian bridge passed over the site
and the tracks. Instead, we used the fill
from the excavation for the towers to
raise the ground plane of the site [which
could then] act as a landing pad for the
bridges. This was an important moneysaving strategy: we did not have to move
fill off the site, and we could use two
much shorter pedestrian bridges rather
than one long one. And we could buffer
the new park from the passing trains,
focusing instead on the amazing views to
downtown and to the nearby lake. (See
our story in LP, vol. 15, no. 3, fall 2013.)
Again, this involved close collaboration
with the architects and three developers
because setting the site level is so
fundamental to the overall design. It is
very far from the LAs coming in at the end
to do some planting.
BK: So the landscape architects are
playing an important infrastructure role
for the city...

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"...these places anchor themselves in
the consciousness of their cities."
CC: That's happening in Chicago,
too, where we are working on the last
significant unbuilt site in the downtown
with bKL Architects. It's an extremely
complex site along Lakeshore Drive with
three luxury towers, the tallest of which is
82 storeys high.
As an integrated part of the team, we
recognized that through a radical site
shaping, we could build a landscape link
to the waterfront - by introducing a
monumental zigzag garden of ramps and
stairs that negotiates the five-level grade
change between the upper city and the
waterfront. The steps and landings merge
with the zigzag path, and the five per cent
slope allows for universal access.
This elevation gap is a notorious impasse
that has stymied pedestrian movement
from Millennium Park to Navy Pier. The
team is unlocking a significant amenity

for both the residents of the high-end
residential towers - and for the city's
public realm.
This park aspires to become another in
the succession of generous, high-quality
outdoor spaces in Chicago...another
branded piece of its design identity. Yet
the key to this - and any - world-class
contemporary urban design is the high
level of trust among the developers, the
architects and the city, who realize the
value that landscape architecture reflects
back to the project.
BK: How do you personally break down
silos on behalf of landscape?
CC: By focusing on the commonality
of the project team...and maintaining
optimism, and good urban common
sense. At our firm, our sense of play
embodies our optimism. And we believe
in the value of landscape. I have learned
to carve a place for landscape in every
project, as it is never given to us. We build
value, we think about city-building and
the people who live in the city...about the
common good. Everybody can benefit
from landscape's expanded brand.
www.claudecormier.com
ccormier@claudecormier.com

8 LAKESHORE DRIVE, CHICAGO. LENDLEASE MAGELLAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP, BKL ARCHITECTURE,
CLAUDE CORMIER ET ASSOCIÉS 9 GARRISON POINT, TORONTO. CLAUDE CORMIER ET ASSOCIÉS

68 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES

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BETH KAPUSTA is a Toronto-based consultant.
She specializes in elevating the quality of
design on complex projects, building on the
Design Excellence program she set in motion at
Metrolinx, Ontario's regional transit authority.
For balance, she is an avid rock climber and
urban cyclist.


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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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