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Nations' communities. In 2017, the City of
Montreal and the Mohawk communities of
Kanehsatake, Kahnawake and Akwesasne
baptized the Outremont summit Tiohtià:ke
Otsira'kéhne, in the Kanienkehaka
language, meaning, "Around the fire, on the
island where men and rivers divide."
But what is sacred today? Where
traditional religious constructs of public
space have vanished, where the presence
of religious signs in the public sphere are
ever more contested, there is a sense
that access to nature within a dense city
fabric is what is most sacred to many
people: simply a moment to breathe, a
peaceful communion with trees outside the
aggressive nature of urban life. Obviously,
the term sacred has taken on a more
profane meaning, if that makes sense. The
mountain continues its Olmsted legacy
and offers Montrealer's of all origins easy
access to nature and a necessary repose.

Project
Civiliti + Julie Margot were responsible for
a commemorative landscape proposal
marking the city's 375th anniversary. That

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PHOTOS 2, 3 ADRIEN WILLIAMS 4, 5 MANYA MARGOT

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proposal took the shape of a collection of
50 landscape interventions throughout the
Mount Royal Heritage Site, consisting of a
family of three distinct interventions:
*	3D bronze wayfinding maps of the full
heritage site;
*	place-markers composed of a group
of truncated granite cones that act as
invitations to discover dozens of intimate
moments of the mountain's history and
landscape; and
*	larger landscaped "halts" made up
of bands of granite bordering areas
devoted to significant interior views
of the mountain, with bronze-set,
site-specific poems composed by a
distinguished group of Montreal authors.
Crossing boundaries between landscape,
wayfinding and interpretation, the project's
main objective is to help shape a different
experience of the mountain, one less
interested in the typical walk up to the
Kondiaronk belvedere, or a family picnic,
and more attuned to how the beautiful
features of the site can trigger simple
emotions and deeper introspection.
Due to a complex administrative process
for such an important civic green space,
one third of the project's interventions,

planned within the property of the NotreDame-des-Neiges Cemetery, were
delayed until the summer of 2019. The
cemetery installations were fundamental
to the project's meaning and goal since
they invited the public to step outside the
confines of Mount Royal Park, understood
as leisure grounds, and rediscover the
hallowed grounds of the cemetery. A
cemetery is still understood as a sanctified
environment. The cemetery is also an
important link between the park's summit
and Tiohtià:ke Otsira'kéhne, where other
installations can be found. Walking through
the cemetery today remains a unique and
beautiful experience, one that Escales
découvertes was conceived to encourage.
Prior to its inauguration in 1854, Montreal's
primary Catholic cemetery was located
under the present-day Dorchester Square
in downtown Montreal, and before that
at the foot of city's first church on NotreDame Street in Old Montreal. Having
expanded over time, the cemetery's Mount
Royal plan combines an older, picturesque
layout with a more formal, tree-lined grid
of alleys. The most significant feature,
however, is the topography: the grounds
slowly rise from Côte-des-Neiges Street
to Tiohtià:ke Otsira'kéhne, creating a
progressive experience of landscape that
mirrors, in the words of a former director of
the cemetery, "the passages and thresholds
of life; from the cemetery's heights one
can enjoy open vistas and the heavenly
sky vault." Before the creation of Mount
Royal Park, the cemetery was an important,
public destination for the upper classes,
who would come to stroll along its treelined alleys. The Escales interventions recall



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2020

To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Our Writers | Nos Collaborateurs
Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
Interview | Entrevue the Star Is in the Ballpark > fr_lp+
“Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
Sacré Montagne
Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
L’essentiel Est Invisible > en_lp+
Critique
The Parting Shot | Une DernièRe Salve
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - “Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
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