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CRITIQUE
RON WI LLIAM S

LANDSCAPE
ARCHITECTURE
IN CANADA

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
IN CANADA BY RON WILLIAMS
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DE PAYSAGE AU CANADA

Book info:

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
IN CANADA
By Ron Williams
McGill-Queen's University
Press, 2014 (English)
Les Presses de l'Université de
Montreal (Français)
$65.00, 672 pages
354 images
ISBN 9780773542068

"Williams is an experienced
storyteller who knows
exactly what will interest
his audience."

68 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES

ESSENTIAL READING
Landscape Architecture in Canada is the
first comprehensive history of landscape
architecture in Canada, and it is a mustread for all Canadian landscape architects
and students of landscape architecture.
Organized both chronologically and
thematically, this beautifully written and
illustrated book captures the motivations
behind the projects and people who have
shaped landscape architecture in Canada.
Williams deftly links centuries of societal
change in Canada with the emergence of
landscape architecture, demonstrating
how the planning and design of
landscapes both shaped and elaborated
these changes.
Williams also portrays the unique
dimensions of Canadian landscape
architecture - the early struggles to find
plants that would meet the objectives of
a particular design genre but would also
survive the climate, the close link between
the aspirations of the CPR and the creation
of landscapes across the country, and
Canada's early commitment to urbanism
that continues today. In addition to being
essential reading for landscape architects,
Williams' thick concept of landscape
architecture, ranging from vernacular
design to professional design and from
large scale planning to site specific
details,provides a diverse narrative that
will surely appeal to garden designers,
planners, artists, and architects.
A CANADIAN STORY
Williams begins with the marked
landscapes of the First Nations people
who created sacred mounds and medicine
wheels, and who established early
transportation routes across regions of

Canada, such as the Iroquois Path across
the Niagara peninsula. Early settlers
also shaped the land. During the 1600s,
Acadian farmers developed extensive
dike systems to drain salt marshes. With
the development of Upper Canada and
Lower Canada, Williams relays the striking
differences in land allotment produced by
rivalling colonists from Britain and France.
Lower Canada subscribed to the elongated
linear farms of the seigniorial tradition,
while Upper Canada adopted the system
of quadrangle townships - landscape
patterns one can see today flying over
Quebec and Ontario.
A common theme revisited by Williams
is the ameliorative role that landscapes
have played in Canada's increasingly
urbanized environments. As early as
the 18th century, the streets of New
France were planted with street trees.
As Williams explains, Canada's early
landscape designers formed the basis
for the practice and theory of landscape
design. The landscape designer Henry
Adolph Engelhardt, for example, produced
numerous cemeteries and parks and also
the first Canadian book on landscape
design, The Beauties of Nature Combined
with Art (1872).
THE RISE OF THE PROFESSION
Williams reminds us that the development
of large industrial cities in Canada and
the need for major parks prompted the
rise of the profession in Canada. Frederick
G. Todd, who originally represented the
Olmsted office for the Mount Royal
project, opened his own office in Montreal
in 1900 at the tender age of 23. Although
young, Todd emerged as the model
professional landscape architect - a
nationally prominent designer and planner
of parks and other civic landscape across
Canada. By the 1920s, landscape architects



Landscapes - Fall 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Fall 2014

To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Upfront | Prologue
Excellence 2014 | Les Prix D’excellence – Cru 2014
National Honour | Honneur National
National Merit | Mérite National
National Citation | Citation Nationale
The Regionals | Prix Régionaux
Adjudication
CSLA: 80 Years | Aapc : 80 Ans
LACF | FACP
Critique | Critique
Urban Design Awards
The Last Word | Le Mot De La Fin
LP+ Online | En Ligne
“Making a Landscape” … Excerpt
FP_LP+ | Architecture de Paysage du Canada
Lake Effect – Harbourfront Show
FR_LP+ | Profil du Jury
FR_LP+ | EN_LP+ | Hatley Castle Today
Hatley Castle
FR_LP+ | Poser Les Bonnes Questions
FR_LP+ | Prix de Design Urbain
FR_LP+ | Des emblèmes : Non Merci !
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - To Begin With | Pour Commencer
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Upfront | Prologue
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Excellence 2014 | Les Prix D’excellence – Cru 2014
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - National Honour | Honneur National
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - National Merit | Mérite National
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - National Citation | Citation Nationale
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - The Regionals | Prix Régionaux
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Adjudication
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - CSLA: 80 Years | Aapc : 80 Ans
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LACF | FACP
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Critique | Critique
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Urban Design Awards
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Landscapes - Fall 2014 - The Last Word | Le Mot De La Fin
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Cover3
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Cover4
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LP+ Online | En Ligne
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus2
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus3
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - “Making a Landscape” … Excerpt
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus5
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus6
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus7
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - FP_LP+ | Architecture de Paysage du Canada
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus9
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus10
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Lake Effect – Harbourfront Show
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus12
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - FR_LP+ | Profil du Jury
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - Hatley Castle
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus15
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - FR_LP+ | Poser Les Bonnes Questions
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus17
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus18
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus19
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - FR_LP+ | Prix de Design Urbain
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - LPplus21
Landscapes - Fall 2014 - FR_LP+ | Des emblèmes : Non Merci !
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