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PARTING SHOT

With the introduction
of entire wired
neighbourhoods,
downtown cores are
transforming themselves
with surprising speed,
re-inventing themselves...

FORERUNNER OR AFTERTHOUGHT?
LUC DENIGER

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EN_COLLABORATION, OF COURSE, is nothing new. For decades,
landscape architects have cooperated with urban planners, architects
and civil engineers. As the profession evolved, this traditional group
has expanded to include environmentalists, biologists, artists,
ecologists and many more. And in the last "Invention" issue of LP, we
heard from LAs who are collaborating with non-traditional occupations
such as computer programmers, climatologists and leaders in virtual
reality simulation.
I would venture to say, however, that such innovative team-building is
largely confined to larger, one-time projects. It is not the norm when
it comes to everyday urban design on a smaller scale. Yet with the
introduction of entire wired urban neighbourhoods, downtown cores
are transforming with surprising speed, re-inventing themselves to
attract new residents and young families, who for decades would have
eschewed city centres for suburbia. City officials, too, are moving with
the times, encouraging "smart cities," "smart buildings," and vastly
more Transit Oriented Development.
And it is here that landscape architects seem to be missing the
boat. Not only are urban planners, architects and civil engineers
collaborating, they are including systems and transportation engineers,
programmers, and a myriad of technical service providers. Not so long
ago, landscape architects would have been an integral part of these
core design team and in some cases, design lead. Now the landscape
architect will be brought on much later in the process when most of the
preliminary design decisions have already been finalized. Our role may
very well be limited to greening the place up at the end of the design
development process - or, as one colleague calls it, an afterthought.

VANCOUVER ART GALLERY PLAZA: AN EXERCISE IN
EXPANDING OUR THINKING. (SEE STORY P 38)
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86 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES

Unfortunately, this lack of involvement at the early concept stage is
often reflected in the final product. Increasingly, we are witnessing
urban spaces crammed with "stuff for the sake of stuff," whose sole
purpose, it seems, is to showcase new products, ideas or technology
without any real attempt to seamlessly integrate them into the
design. The result is a cluttered space that is chaotic, lacks uniformity
and flow.
On the flip side, urban spaces designed without leading-edge features
are viewed as uninspired. They will occasionally act as gathering places
for special events but, more often than not, these places fall short of
the original vision and intention. These are not "spaces for people."
So, what are we to do? How can landscape architects reclaim a
prominent place at this new multi-disciplinary table? First, we must
change the way we look at the urban environment, and actively grapple
with the emergence of digital ecosystems. While I do not necessarily
agree with the term, the concept behind it is sound. Landscape
architects need to recognize that the physical urban environment
is part of a system. Only by doing so will we find inventive ways to
integrate new ideas and technology into our designs.
Secondly, acknowledging this new urban reality should lead landscape
architects to seek new collaborators well beyond the traditional norm -
new associates who may well expand our thinking.
For landscape architects working on today's cities, one element
remains clear: failure to recognize this trend or to build innovative
cooperative partnerships will, without a doubt, keep us as the
designers of an afterthought.
luc.deniger@ibigroup.com
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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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