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EXCELLENCE 2021
PRIX D'EXCELLENCE DU JURY
for the landscape ecology principles
underpinning the restored landscape.
INNOVATIONS + FAVOURITES
" It's really the entirety of the park that is
something completely unique, " says O2
principal and Senior Landscape Architect
Matt Williams. " You could never make this
park again or even copy parts of it. It is
truly the result of the process that made it,
which itself was massively innovative. "
" Water, Parks, and Public Art were really
pioneers within municipal government
in broadening the perspective on the
traditional assumption of what art is or
what artists do, " says Sans façon's Surtees.
" By integrating artists and creative thinking
at the very beginning of the conception
and throughout its development, a
genuinely different approach could arise
and collaboration was embedded. Working
beyond silos, where the edges between
disciplines get a little blurry and trust
between different subject matter experts is
established, each expertise was expanded. "
" By putting into practice contemporary
thinking about art and the public realm,
the project demonstrated the value of a
move beyond the placement of sculptural
objects, reimagining the potential of
infrastructure and inviting people instead
of fencing them out. Our disciplines don't
'need' each other, but given the creative
space to work together, they can be more
than the sum of their parts, " says Surtees
of Sans façon.
" My favorite element in the park is actually
the floating wetland plant cells that were
installed in the ponds, " says Dan Maat
of Wilco Contractors. " This was my first
experience with this system; a floating PVC
'basket' with wetland plants and a large
root mass hanging down into the water. As
soon as we installed them, you could see
the stormwater passing through the roots,
and see the muskrats and wildlife getting to
work building new habitats nearby. "
Douglas Olson notes, " While individual
elements such as the sculptural earth
forms, the Nautilus Pond®, or the dynamic
fountains charged by flood waters, provide
real excitement and inspiration, it is the
entire project taken in with a single view
from the overlooking escarpment, that
is most compelling. Seeing the complete
sculpture of all the elements together
makes me know the fit to the floodplain
landscape of the Bow River is correct. "
Katherine Lackey of AECOM Canada Ltd.
remembers that they were carrying out
a construction inspection after the park
had opened to the public and bumped
into a group of avid bird watchers: " We
learned that the park had already become a
sanctuary for many different types of birds.
The group was so grateful for the beautiful
space the City has created, and for the
thought and care that went into protecting
and enhancing the natural environment.
At that moment I was especially proud of
the tremendous team behind the Park's
development and really saw the impact of
this incredible place. "
David Harrison of Calgary Parks describes
one memorable incident, " It was a simple
moment, but watching, at the rehearsal
for the park opening, as a young moose
wandered through this new park 15 metres
behind the gathered group clearly signalled
that this was a fresh start for this neglected
site. "
Sans facon's Blanc says, " Here is a place
where public art has shed its 'thingness,'
the whole project is an artwork, a park and a
piece of infrastructure all at the same time
and indistinguishable from one another. For
the public it's a place and a special place,
largely as a result of this. "
Olson says, " Designed landscapes are
almost always a collaborative effort of
multiple professions interacting and making
together. The integration of art, recreation,
engineering, remediation and sustainability
objectives into landscapes has been an
evolving endeavor with mixed success. For
decades, landscape architecture has seen
itself as a coordinating profession that
integrates ecology, placemaking and art.
" However, with a less than full
understanding of the scope of the
profession both with the public and other
professions, landscape architecture
has struggled with its definition, " Olson
continues. " This project, while challenging,
was ultimately highly successful in that
the technical and artistic intentions of
multiple players were realized in a unified
manner. The challenge has always been,
and will continue to be, how to integrate and
coordinate. I believe landscape architects
are well placed to play that role in the
future. "
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JURORS | JURÉS
PROLOGUE
VIRTUAL LOOK, TRUE EXCELLENCE | DÉLIBÉRATIONS VIRTUELLES, EXCELLENCE VÉRITABLE
JURY’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE | PRIX D’EXCELLENCE DU JURY
LARGE-SCALE PUBLIC LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES PUBLICS À GRANDE ÉCHELLE
SMALL-SCALE PUBLIC LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES PUBLICS À PETITE ÉCHELLE
PLANNING + ANALYSIS | PLANIFICATION ET ANALYSE
RESEARCH | RECHERCHE
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