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PRIX D'EXCELLENCE DU JURY
ESSAI

philosophy to build a base of expertise
that can be applied at every scale of urban
design. Literally, Arte Povera means "poor
art." The word "poor" here refers to an
experimental situation in which the simplest
means, found objects, "poor" materials and
new processes are used to create narrative
and social spaces. Bricolage, implies a
practice where the protagonists meet
everyday needs by using locally available
resources.

the blades of grasses. These ornamental
onions nosing their way through the tail
ends of the grass. The apple blossom has
already passed. Then everything falls quiet.
A few spots of colour for the summer,
changing tones of green and yellow,
before the cimicifugas herald the coming
of autumn. The seeds of the mulleins and
the black hollyhocks fall randomly here
and there, while the roses form a satisfying
element not only thanks to their rosehips.

This design philosophy values the worth of
the worthless, the aesthetics of the "poor"
and the invention of humble projects that
produce innovative insights, knowledge and
practices.

Colours

Bathed in Light
Rooted in Clay tells of the sensual and
vibrant "cultiver son jardin" experiment
on a small plot of land, and shows how a
garden became a refuge for all living things
in the midst of an urban fluvial topography.
The dimensions are lowly, 850m2, the
means are simple and the realized design
transformations are bloody cheap but sexy!
The WY Garden is situated in an accessonly street in a residential area in Winnipeg,
Manitoba. Sealed driveways and manicured
lawns are the typical welcome. The side
of the homes facing away from the street
enjoy beautiful views and the serene
landscape of the Red River.
We did not cut a single tree. The existing
leafy canopy formed the basis for
interpretation and vitalization. We
suggested thinning in order to create a
friendly space bathed in light. Some of the
trees were carefully pruned to bring in light
and sunshine. The trees provide shade
and define the atmosphere of the garden.
The light on the ground is captured as if by
a sun trap; it wavers and flows, it focuses
into patches, a warming, fantastical light.
Listening to trees and watching the light was
the key.

Plants
Seasonal aspects are garden events. In
spring, the cutting of the grasses is followed
by the prelude of the lily-flowered orange
tulips. The grasses slowly work their way
upwards once again. The blue of the iris, a
reddish-purple veil of drumsticks between

The sun, the chlorophyll and a wide
spectrum of flowers dapple the garden
with dense, rich tones throughout the
summertime. Lush shades of purple, green
and blue achieve a stunning crescendo
of colour. Colours make us feel cheerful
and imaginative. We added a few more
pigments. We used solvent-free paint to
drop bright and luminous dashes of colour
into our climate of short summers and
long winters. The paint is made from coldpressed organic linseed oil, safe to use,
environmentally friendly, very long lasting
and economical.
This research component of the project
is still under observation and evaluation.
Data of a long-term monitoring phase
give information about longevity and
sustainability of the products. After almost
five winters, it can well be said that the
paint still emphasises the grain of the wood,
allows the wood to breathe and does not
flake. The paint retains its bright colour and
luminosity, meets the requirements of our
work in their entirety.

Pukak Ecology
We see a lot of wildlife in this garden during
summer time. While the Red River is
hibernating in its frozen bed, some of the
creatures are in search of a place of refuge
from the cold. We know that animals have
developed "infrastructures" and techniques
in order to survive in this extreme prairie
climate and we can support them through
planting and design. These pukak dwellers
spend their winters under the snow. Pukak
is an Inuit word for the complex layer of
ice crystals and open space that forms at
the base of snow pack. Where there is little
vegetation, such as on a Canadian lawn or
on a frozen river, no pukak layer forms.

Collaboration with the Owners
We have been persistently working on
this garden for almost seven years.
Together with the family, we discussed,
designed, built, planted, pruned, watered,
transplanted, seeded and harvested. The
garden gave us the time to socialize, to get to
know each other and to grow close.
Speaking about time, the plants cover the
entire garden today. The "forest of roots"
protects the riverbank from collapsing and
the property land from erosion. All kinds of
living beings have found habitats here and
enjoyed the garden in any seasons.
Chatting to the owners over the summer,
they told us how they linger in their garden,
how they "cultivate" the plants, how they
drift through the space looking at the flowers
and leaves and constantly come across
something delightfully new. The garden
coaxes them to shift down a gear. They
discovered an undetected passion to grow
their own herbs but also the experience that
a garden requires care, patience and time.

Conclusions
Rooted in Clay is the outcome of a unique
transformation of a fluvial river terrace
into a lush and pleasurable garden. The
human desire for protection and discretion
materializes in the garden. It is a social place
intended to care for the most precious
things: plants, people, fauna, ideas and
the soil in which all of them take root. The
garden invites you to linger, sit, play, look,
listen, think, eat, drink and chat away to your
heart's content.
Our hope was to design a garden for a
family and plants, clothed in its urban suit,
which could be used intensively at all times
of the day. The WY Garden is a good place
for experimental design, and a sustainable
space that places the highest priority on
living things, urban recycling and nature.
This project would never have had happened
without the trust and the audacity of a
Winnipeg family to take a risk! Many thanks.

References Kluge, A. (2011). Gardens are
like wells. In O'Brien, S., Feeley, C., Furness,
R., & Larner, M., (Eds.). (2011). Peter Zumthor,
Hortus Conclusus: Serpentine Gallery
Pavilion 2011. London: Koenig Books.
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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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