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THE PARTING SHOT

DRAWING ON NAPKINS,
WRITING ON WALLS
LINDA A. IRVINE

I AM CURRENTLY enjoying a book by Peter Korn entitled Why We
Make Things and Why It Matters. The Education of a Craftsman.
Korn is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for
Furniture Craftsmanship and the author of several books on
furniture making.
I have always thought of landscape architecture as a craft, as an
art, as a science and as a profession. We have always used different
tools and techniques to engage others and to produce and explain
our work.
The cover of Korn's book shows an ink pen, a clay carving tool, a
hammer, a wood carving tool and a paint brush. I have used all of
these tools in my career at different times and for various reasons.
I have used other tools as well, including the earliest computer
technologies that required punch cards to input data.
Korn says, " It is given that, individually and collectively, we think our
world into being. The question is: How do we choose to go about it? "
For me, this issue of technology raises the question about why we
use the tools and technology that we do to " think our world into
being, " as well as, to what end and for what purpose. For me, tools
and technology should be a means to an end, not an end in itself.
Our profession is changing rapidly for many reasons and the
pandemic has accelerated the use of various computer programs
to facilitate working from home. Zoom and Google Meet are now
business essentials, as are various programs such as E-Plan, for
electronic plan review, that are being used by planning, engineering
and building departments in municipalities worldwide.
I think these technological advances are all great, but time will
tell if the work that landscape architects do gets better, stronger
and more relevant. Are the underlying skills that are required
to use these technologies such as drawing, sculpting, visual
communications, etc., being adequately taught in universities?
Do students know what a horizon line is or a vanishing point when
they do computer renderings? From my experience, they should but
many do not.

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When I graduated in the 1970s, the technology that we used would
be considered primitive by today's standards. We had to hand draw
and draft everything on Mylar; Letraset was used to add text, and
" cut and paste " literally meant that. This was all so labour-intensive
that I am surprised that any of us graduated on time. However,
we were also taught how to think critically, how to be creative
in designing and planning, and how to be passionate about the
profession and the values that we cared about.
The world cannot stand still and technology will continue to
advance and enrich our lives. But technology needs to be beneficial
and purposeful. We need to know which technology is the right
technology to be used and when.
However, I am confident in knowing that when the satellite goes
out, I and many landscape architects in Canada will still be able to
rely on drawing on napkins and writing on walls.

Linda A. Irvine, OALA, FCSLA, is on the Editorial Board of Landscapes I
Paysages. She cares deeply about the profession of landscape architecture.
In her spare time she gardens, draws, and paints. She looks forward to
sculpting.



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2021

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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