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INTERSTICES OF ACAdEMIA + PR ACTICE SHELLEy LONG ACTIvE PRAXIS,* HYBRID PRACTICE 1 >FR_ LP+ PRAXIE ACTIVE, PRATIQUE HYBRIDE EN_ TODAY, MANY LANDSCAPE architecture offices are using research and experimentation in new hybrid practices across Canada. These offices can be teaching-based or business-based, and break the mold of the traditional landscape architecture model, placing innovation and interdisciplinary thinking at the forefront of their built work. TEACHING-BASED PRACTICE The work produced by teaching-based practices is part of an individual's peer-reviewed research contribution to a university. Built work must be recognized by juries of respected professional colleagues or published as study components. This type of work is critical, theory-oriented research by nature, and must be explicit in exploring new ideas to move the profession forward. A key aspect of teaching-based practices is their tolerance to take risks because their teaching jobs provide economic stability. By having an income independent of the practice's projects, offices such as Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative (MBAC) in Calgary, North Design Office of Toronto, and *PRAXIS: The integration of theory with practice; a learned synthesis that refine one's theories as they are acted out in the real world. Definition from Anarchy 101: Q & A 26 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES Straub + Thurmayr Landschaftarchiteken of Winnipeg all recognize what their academic roles allow: to apply the newest academic theories in practice, and dedicate more time and resources than more traditional firms can, to seek willing clients and to experiment with materials and technologies. Of the 12 people at MBAC, half teach part-time and participate in studio reviews, two others teach regularly, and Boutin himself is a full-time professor in architecture at the university of Calgary who plans to teach in its new MLA program. Their focus is on built projects which convey multifaceted and pluralistic readings of the built environment. MBAC has been recognized nationally for many of their public space designs, which, like their buildings, experiment with materials to achieve continually changing atmospheric qualities. Their work is grounded in Boutin's Prix de Rome research, Texture City, which examines the city as a verb instead of a noun. MBAC's design for the 1st Street SW underpass in Calgary embodies this ethos. The firm's experimentation with tabbing perforated aluminum panels at different degrees generates literal and referential shifting perspectives of the surrounding landscapes: verbs, not nouns. As educators at the university of Manitoba, Dietmar Straub and Anna Thurmayr of Straub + Thurmayr Landschaftsarchitekten do not compete with practitioners in Winnipeg. Rather, they see a responsibility to take calculated risks in their work, which will

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 M├ęTis: 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
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