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EXCELLENCE 2019
ESSAI

"This project has the
potential to initiate
paradigm shifts
in design, social
behavior, and ecology
on a larger-scale."
The jury

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Best-In-Show
Finally, there was the winner of the Jury's
Award of Excellence, the one project that
represents the epitome of landscape
architecture; "best-in-show" as it became
playfully known in the jury room. Choosing
a project deserving of such honour is a
considerable responsibility and one that the
jury did not take lightly. What is excellence
in landscape architecture? How does a
project challenge our perception or raise
awareness? What is it doing to advance the
art, science and practice of the profession?
These were some of the important
questions we had to ask ourselves.
After much discussion and (healthy)
debate, the jury selected Rooted in Clay, a
private garden in Winnipeg. Representing
the first time a project in the Residential
Landscapes category has taken the top
honour, the jury commended the project
for its ambition. Lauded by the designer as
"a friendly assault on the Canadian lawn,"
the project aimed to challenge the very
notion of a residential garden.

Driven foremost by the need to
stabilize an eroding garden adjacent
to the ever-fluctuating Red River, the
designers opted for a meadow garden.
Densely-planted native grasses provide
a captivating space with character,
warmth, and seasonality, not to mention
habitat and soil stabilization. Species
were cleverly selected to comply with
municipal height requirements for
residential lawns, to avoid stepping
on the inspector's toes. Building
materials were completely salvaged
and repurposed in a deliberate effort to
reduce resource consumption and waste
production. No detail was forgotten;
from paint that was solvent-free to
the fact that not a single nail or screw
was used in the garden's construction,
every component had been carefully
considered under the lens of finding
a better way to build the garden. In
the end, the narrative resonated with
the jury. The very essence of the
project represented a reconnection

with the fundamental roots of what
it means to be a landscape architect
today - dedication to nature; ecology;
sustainability; placemaking; challenging
the norm; thoughtful responses to
complex problems. As the designer
put it, "This project has the potential to
initiate paradigm shifts in design, social
behaviour, and ecology on a largerscale." The jury agreed.

Sit Back, Relax, Enjoy
All of the entries to this year's Awards,
even those that did not win an award,
excelled in one way or another. For that,
everybody who submitted should be
proud and commended for their work.
In the end, however, we as a jury were
tasked with finding up to fifteen projects
of national significance that truly raised
the bar. In the following pages, you
will find the award-winning projects.
Please take the time to enjoy this issue,
as I always do, and be inspired by the
compelling work presented. Grab a
coffee, kick your feet up and reconnect.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2019

To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Jurors + Writers
Prologue
Excellence 2019
Jury's Award of Excellence
Large-Scale Public Landscapes
Medium-Scale Public Landscapes
Small-Scale Public Landscapes
Residential Landscapes
Planning + Analysis
Research
Communication
Landscape Management
Critique
New Directions
Parting Shot
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Landscapes - Summer 2019 - Jurors + Writers
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Landscapes - Summer 2019 - Prologue
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Landscapes - Summer 2019 - New Directions
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