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PARTING SHOT I UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE

LESSONS
GRAMPA
TAUGHT ME
MICHAEL J. COX, PRESIDENT, RAIC

Every once in a
while Grampa
tapped me on
the shoulder
to remind me
of lessons
delivered
long ago.

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GRAND-PÈRE
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82 LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES

AS A MEMBER OF the clan that frequently,
often with justification, has been accused of
hiring landscape architects in the hopes that
they will be able to hide the ugly bits, I was
both surprised and delighted to have been
invited to sit as the external juror for the 2019
iteration of the CSLA's Awards of Excellence.
And a bit nervous too. Who were these
people? How was it all going to work? Would
my contribution be helpful? And then there
were the two biases I could not avoid bringing
with me.
I was born and raised in the bush - real
wilderness. My grandfather showed me at
an early age that the land as we find it is
likely to be as good as it will ever be and, if
we are going to change it, we had better be
certain that the result will be a significant
improvement over what was. It's a tough test;
one that I have failed more often than I have
passed in my 40 years of practice.
I studied architecture at the University of
Manitoba in the late sixties. In May of 1970,
Ian McHarg, landscape architect, came to
visit, bringing Design with Nature with him.

My grandfather's lessons met the science of
ecology; they have been steadfast friends ever
since. In its simplest form, McHarg's message
is this - if you must build something, begin
by asking the land where it should go, how
big it should be, which way it should face.
Almost 50 years on, Design With Nature and
Lewis Mumford's introduction remain stark
reminders of how far we have come and how
little progress we have made.
As we poured over the submissions, we found
our rhythm. Each juror applied their biases to
the work with passion and respect. Every once
in a while Grampa tapped me on the shoulder
to remind me of lessons delivered long ago.
I'm sure he smiled as we looked at Escales
Découvertes. The 75 projects became 15; the
15 became one. Perhaps having listened to
McHarg, two incredibly sensitive designers
found the courage to ask some leftover
lumber, a bit of long grass, a few stones and a
muddy river bank what they would like to be ...
how they might become Rooted in Clay.


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Landscapes - Summer 2019

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 - New Directions
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