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PROLOGUE

The information they've submitted is taken and stored
in the Memory Box's database

04/	
THE MEMORY
BOX
BETH BRAY

Where it is able to be cross-referenced,
analysed, and filtered

IN CHANGES IN THE LAND, author William
Cronan details the existential plight of the
transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau.
Thoreau, troubled by the loss New England's
plant and animal species, began documenting
the landscape - detailing changes that had
occurred over the previous two centuries of
European colonization.
Similar to Thoreau, our society is on the brink
of catalytic change. As engaged and conscious
citizens, we have a duty to document the
natural world in its current state, enabling
future generations to understand our
landscape in the same way we experience preindustrial America through Thoreau. Merging
Thoreau's prescient environmentalism with
today's technological advancements and access
to data, I developed a smartphone application
prototype, The Memory Box.
The Memory Box's primary purpose is to
prompt users to input written memories,
photographs and videos relating to personal
experiences of the landscape. Collecting data
in a transparent, objective manner provides
designers with an understanding of how
past and present demographics perceive, use

to the project's cultural landscapes. This
function provides marginalized populations
with a medium to share their perceptions
and landscape values, ensuring that their
histories and cultural narratives - ones often
historically ignored, improperly represented,
or overshadowed by dominant cultures - are
captured, respected and acted upon.
and connect to specific sites. Alternatively,
designers may use the information gathered to
apply best-use practices to future designs.
The application's secondary function provides
a public consultation tool, enabling users to
connect with consultants both in-person and
remotely. This allows an individual the ability
to provide opinions that reflect their respective
culture, knowledge, experience and abilities.
Additionally, the participant can engage,
learn about their local landscape's history and
processes, and remain informed about the
study at a convenient time and location.
As individuals begin using the app, their
submissions will become accessible (depending
on privacy settings) to other users as they
explore and share personal narratives,
memories and images that are relevant

Ultimately, the Memory Box envisions the two
functions working together by connecting GIS
data points to shared and personal histories.
Collecting personalised data before it is lost
becomes increasingly important as climate
change manifests itself through impacts on
our cities, shorelines and biodiversity. Like
Thoreau, we must thoroughly document
the natural world - not only to understand
changes and mourn inevitable losses - but also
remind future civilizations of what will need to
be regained.

Beth Bray is a junior landscape designer at IBI
Group Inc. in Toronto, ON, and a recent graduate of
the University of Guelph's Bachelor of Landscape
Architecture program. She loves data, dogs, design
and sewing.
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TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
OUR WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
PROLOGUE
TECHNOLOGY AND THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE
VIRTUALIZATION OF THE LANDSCAPE DESIGN PROCESS
LE PAYSAGE VIRTUEL COMME OUTIL DE TRAVAIL
DATA-DRIVEN ZONING CODES FOR CLIMATE ACTION
3D FAX MACHINES
LA TECHNOLOGIE À LA RESCOUSSE DE LA SENSIBILITÉ
CRITIQUE
INTERVIEW
FORUM
THE PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - LE PAYSAGE VIRTUEL COMME OUTIL DE TRAVAIL
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - DATA-DRIVEN ZONING CODES FOR CLIMATE ACTION
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - 3D FAX MACHINES
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Landscapes - Spring 2021 - LA TECHNOLOGIE À LA RESCOUSSE DE LA SENSIBILITÉ
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