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CITIES NEEd SCHOOLS OF
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.
14 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES
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.
BEV SANDALACK , PhD, FCSLA, MCIP, RPP, is
Associate Dean (Academic), Landscape +
Planning, Faculty of Environmental Design,
university of Calgary.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2016
To Begin With
Spotlight on Schools
2020 Vision: 3 University Landscapes
Active Praxis, Hybrid Practice
Entangled With the Real World: Experiential Learning
Les Jardins De MéTis: A New Landscape Lab Emerges
Vivarium: A Sky Condo
Getting Digitally Dirty: Improvisational Bricolage in the FABlab
A Smile on the Lips
How to Present a Successful Webinar
The Last Word
Landscapes - Summer 2016