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concerns all the elements that need to
be built. Like secondary characters in a
play, they must support the attraction by
stimulating our senses. It is necessary,
through our amenities, to reveal or amplify
the emotions inspired by the landscape, so
that our work makes a positive contribution
to the experience.
Several places have been well designed
along these lines, but none has made a
stronger impression on me than something
I stumbled upon in Sri Lanka, and quite
safely at that. We were returning from a
motorcycle excursion when we noticed
a stupa on top of a small mountain. We
turned in its direction, but quickly lost
sight of it on the steep, winding road. At
the summit, a single sign asked visitors
to be silent and to respect the place by
removing their shoes. Built on a cliff that
reaches down to the sea, surrounded by
jungle and carved out of the sky, the view
from the white monument was divine.
The site is minimally developed, with the
only material used being smooth stone for
the surface surrounding the monument,
while everything else (benches, railings,
steps) was finished in a white plaster
that I enjoyed running my fingers along

because of the calming texture resembling
extremely fine sandpaper. The salty
smell of sea spray, mixed with dust from
the dirt roads and offerings of incense,
transported me. Thanks to the silence,
I could hear only the distant crashing of
waves, leaves rustling in the breeze, and
my own breathing and footsteps, which
were sometimes amplified by a slight echo
evoking the infinite. All these elements
appealed to my senses, refocused me on
myself and kept me in the moment. The
resulting experience invoked calm and
serenity, and it is only while writing these
lines that I did some research to learn
that the stupa in question is called the
peace pagoda.
Helping people feel the spirit of an already
sacred place is one thing, but recognizing
the spiritual side of a space is another. Our
modern way of life, with its overstimulation
and penchant for speed, unbridled
development and materialism, has helped
create a certain numbness toward the
emotional experience of our landscapes.
Fortunately, there are still people who
always see the world with the eyes of the
heart. In their world, science barely exists,
magic reigns and even if we can call them

less educated, they have nothing to envy
us. They are children, and for them a simple
hill can be a towering mountain peak to be
conquered, while a small woodland can
be home to entities worthy of a Brothers
Grimm tale. If our elders' way of seeing the
world no longer resonates with us, maybe
we should turn to our juniors to learn how
to feel the whole fabulous world around us,
while there is still some of it left.

Our modern way
of life, with its
overstimulation and
penchant for speed,
unbridled development
and materialism, has
helped create a certain
numbness toward the
emotional experience
of our landscapes.

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2 WATERFALL 3 WHITE MOUNTAINS 4 ACADIA 5 SRI LANKA
PHOTOS 2,3 JP GROU 4,5 CAROLINE CAGELAIS

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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 - Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
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