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IT'S NOT THE DUMP!

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firmly against hiding the facility. Swift
Company and the design team worked with
management and staff to find ways to reveal
waste handling practices and engage the
public in the process. With ever increasing
population growth and consumerism,
these types of places are ubiquitous.
Why not celebrate their contribution to
our environment?
IT WILL GET DIRTY
As the design evolved, the clients repeatedly
asked a most important question: "How will
this look when it gets dirty?" This became
the designer's mantra. The surfaces could
not be "precious." Everything needed to be
designed to withstand the weather over the
75-year intended lifespan of the project and
to evolve as the collection and management
of waste improved.
The designers opted for custom site
furnishings and rock-filled gabion walls which
would celebrate raw materials. But the rock
walls were designed with a second, surprising
function in mind. They would also highlight
and display treasured items rescued from
the waste processing stream. By providing a
place for displaying curated items salvaged
by employees, the facility would honour the
staff and engage the public with humour and
whimsical visual interest.

HUMANITY IN INFRASTRUCTURE
Since the "gallery" of found objects was
the employees' brainchild, it had to be
designed to provide an easily accessible
method for expression: the design could not
be overly prescriptive. Why not incorporate
the display niches within the site's massive
gabion walls?
And so it began. The niches, stainless
steel boxes recessed into the walls,
complement the main building façade,
and the gallery area forms the edge of the
employee patio. This is where staff eat their
lunch, where casual conversations happen
and where public visitors pass through
the site.
The niches were carefully composed in an
asymmetrical manner to encourage the staff
to continue their traditions without feeling
the practice was overly formalized: there are
no clear parameters governing the display.
Still, the idea of "messing up" a brand new
building with found refuse objects raised
a few concerns. How much was enough?
How much was too much? We hoped the
potential of these empty steel boxes would
speak for itself.
In fact, the niches were immediately
embraced by staff. Within a few weeks, all
of the niches at the "front" façade were
filled with incredible objects and carefully
assembled collections. The collections
evolved, with certain pieces remaining
longer than others as a testament to both
the rarity of the find and the success of
the composition.
CHANGING THE WAY WE VIEW WASTE
This place, which is intended to help the
city keep its mess from increasing, is now
actually recycling select contents in a
way we could only have wished for during
the design process. A great credit is due
to the administration of the facility for
accommodating and supporting these
traditions and to all of the staff who curate
this messy place.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2017

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
PROLOGUE
ESSAY | ESSAI
Après le désordre vient le beau temps
A Fine Mess
Biophilic City
“I Am the Space Where I Am”
OPINION
Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
Messiness by Intention
CRITIQUE
@landtecanada Taking It With You
THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - cover1
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - cover2
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - PROLOGUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - ESSAY | ESSAI
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Après le désordre vient le beau temps
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - A Fine Mess
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Biophilic City
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - “I Am the Space Where I Am”
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - OPINION
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 49
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 50
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 53
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Messiness by Intention
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 55
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - CRITIQUE
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 57
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - @landtecanada Taking It With You
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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