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EXCELLENCE 2018

PETER BRIGGS

/ PROJECTS
THAT SING AND WHISPER
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DES PROJETS QUI CHANTENT ET QUI CHUCHOTENT
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SIT ON A JURY! As professionals, it's not easy to find unbiased
thoughtful commentary on what we do as planners, designers
and communicators. But as a CSLA jury member within a panel of
peers, thoughtful discourse is all but guaranteed.
When the CSLA Awards of Excellence jurors from across Canada
assembled in Winnipeg, we had already reviewed each submission.
We first saw the boards in person, set on easels in a gallery space,
as we wandered among them with morning coffee, developing a
process that would aid our review. In a well-lit adjacent room, we
brought the boards in by category, reviewing related images and
submitted material for each, one-by-one.
AN EXERCISE IN LISTENING
If a project had a champion amongst us, it was elevated to a higher
level of review: it had communicated effectively. With some of
the compositions, we leaned back and heard them sing. Others
whispered in such a way that we listened closely, leaning in. These
projects had something to say: this is what professional excellence
means in 2018.

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Toronto's Berczy Park, for example, sings a well-crafted melody
that will bring back memories of a time and place. It is grounded
within function, yet it is the most engaging of parks, with whimsy
and heart in how it sings (and howls). Visitors become part of the
place. While public fountains used to speak to the grandeur of their
patron, this fountain speaks to every visitor with an Instagram
account - our modern equivalent of the "society pages" of old,
where people want to be seen. Beyond the Jury's discussion of
the project's sophisticated technical depth, it also inspired humor.
"This project in every way exhibits excellence," one juror remarked,
"despite the presence of the cat."
Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park, too, stopped us in our tracks, but
with a very different song, a complex narrative, with many voices
whispering their stories from the past. The project description
provided us with snippets of story arcs, helping us feel the meaning
of the place. Here is a site where the historic stories were in danger
of being muffled, yet it emerges now as a composition with such
richness that each visit can reveal something new.

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Different again is the whispered song of Kinngaaluk Territorial
Park Master Plan, which is fundamentally about (re)learning to
listen, and facilitating success without leaving an overt imprint of
ourselves (or our cultures) on the process or product. We assist
our clients in making their stories manifest. We help them speak for
themselves. Pay particular attention to this project, and take the
time to consider it as it does represent a paradigm for all of us.



Landscapes - Summer 2018

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2018

TO BEGIN WITH
ADJUDICATION
COLLABORATION
PROLOGUE
EXCELLENCE 2018 Projects That Sing... and Whisper
JURY’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Large-Scale Public Landscapes
Medium-Scale Public Landscapes
Small-Scale Public Landscapes
Residential Landscapes
Planning and Analysis
Research
Landscape Management
FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
PARTING SHOT
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - ADJUDICATION
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - COLLABORATION
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - PROLOGUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - EXCELLENCE 2018 Projects That Sing... and Whisper
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - JURY’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - Large-Scale Public Landscapes
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - Medium-Scale Public Landscapes
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Landscapes - Summer 2018 - Small-Scale Public Landscapes
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