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SCHOOLS SCHOOLS ÉCOLES CITIES NEEd SCHOOLS OF LANdSCAPE ARCHITECTURE dOUG CARLyLE EN_CITIES THAT ARE COMPETITIvE and attractive in the global age need to develop home-grown expertise that sparks innovation and creativity. Fundamental to every city's success is expertise in the design of the built environment. Vital, liveable cities invariably have strong and diverse contingents of designers who are broadly engaged by the community. This synergy is fostered through post-secondary schools, particularly university professional programmes which provoke thinking about the ways in which the built environment can improve community outcomes. The impact of design schools, including both Architecture and Landscape Architecture, cannot be underestimated. The faculty and students who are attracted to teach, research and study, bring a diversity of global and local expertise. The home city benefits, not only because students can attend design school without leaving the community, but also because schools will inevitably reach into the community through venues such as lecture series and neighbourhood studios. Many graduates will make the city their home, working in practices that enrich the region. Their voices, and those of the academic faculty, create higher expectations, spurring conversations about the city's built form and place making in the public realm. Leading design schools build a legacy; the voice of design becomes critical to the city's vision. In turn, cities can nurture their schools, encouraging engagement and discourse. Cities without schools of Landscape Architecture are denied these dimensions. This affects local attitudes, priorities and lifestyle - even the city's global position among other communities. Cities without a school, such as Edmonton (1,300,000 population) and Quebec City (750,000 population), must petition to have their own authentic design school. In a city-oriented world, the absence of a design school is an absence of vision. DOUG CARLYLE was appointed assistant adjunct professor by the university of Calgary Environmental Design Faculty as a member of the Innovative Practice Group in Architecture (1996). In 2005 he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and in 2009 made a fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. DCarlyle@dialogdesign.ca 14 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES CALGARy'S NEW LA GRAdUATE PROGRAM BEVERLy SANdALACK EN_THE MASTER OF Landscape Architecture in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the university of Calgary is Canada's first new graduate program in landscape architecture since 1980. Situated in the geographically and culturally dynamic context of Alberta and Western Canada, the MLA joins the Master of Architecture and Master of Planning to form a strong, robust and inter-related triad of graduate professional programs dealing with the built environment. Our faculty structure also allows a student to ladder from a course-based professional degree program to a thesisbased research degree (MEDes or PhD). The MLA is intended to be a program for the 21st century, engaging with the social, cultural and ecological challenges of placemaking, climate change and resilience in local and international contexts, and training leaders in becoming catalysts for positive change. The three-year course-based program consists of a foundation year plus two years at the Master's level, reflecting the CSLA accreditation requirements. The program builds on the faculty's strengths in the areas of urban design, ecological design, regional planning and cultural landscapes. It includes a progression of studios and field studies into the regional landscape, as well as technology courses emphasizing the challenges of winter cities and climate change, interdisciplinary history/ theory courses and the opportunity for a semester abroad in either Barcelona or Melbourne. Visit: http://evds.ucalgary.ca/ programs/landscape-architecture BEV SANDALACK , PhD, FCSLA, MCIP, RPP, is Associate Dean (Academic), Landscape + Planning, Faculty of Environmental Design, university of Calgary. http://evds.ucalgary.ca/programs/ landscape-architecture http://evds.ucalgary.ca/programs/landscape-architecture http://evds.ucalgary.ca/programs/landscape-architecture

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2016

To Begin With
Our Writers
Spotlight on Schools
2020 Vision: 3 University Landscapes
Active Praxis, Hybrid Practice
Entangled With the Real World: Experiential Learning
Essay
Round Table
Les Jardins De MéTis: A New Landscape Lab Emerges
Opinion
Vivarium: A Sky Condo
Getting Digitally Dirty: Improvisational Bricolage in the FABlab
Designing Play
A Smile on the Lips
How to Present a Successful Webinar
Books
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