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WHEN THE MAGIC HAPPENS | QUAND OPÈRE LA MAGIE !VÁMONOS! TO MEXICO CITY CORINNE MEADOWS FR_ !VÁMoNoS! À MExICO Une trentaine de délégués au congrès de l'AAPC ont participé en mai à une charrette de design internationale à Plaza Zarco, square en losange délabré situé non loin de la Plaza Reforma, dans le quartier Guerrero de Mexico. EN_ MARCEL PROUST bELIEVED that you didn't need to seek new landscapes in order to travel. The true voyage of discovery, he said, lies in seeing the same landscape with fresh eyes. In May, however, 150 Canadian landscape architects said "phooey" to seeing the same landscapes and trekked down to Mexico City to set eyes on a new one. As a uBC grad who is now based in Toronto, I joined them at the 2015 CSLA Congress. At a time in history when international headlines spread fear about widespread violence on a daily basis, travelling to other 2 countries matters. By experiencing cultures beyond our borders, we invite the possibility that the world is still a good place, and that despite the headlines, the world still contains plenty of good people. Plus, who wouldn't want to check out the romantic land of Moctezuma and Cortés, of colonial plazas and of stone-spired churches? REACHING OUT TO MExICAN COLLEAGUES While attending Congress, a group of thirty adventure-bent delegates participated in an international design charrette jointly hosted by the Mexican Society of Landscape Architects (SAPM), and students and professors from the university of Mexico (uNAM). David Flanders, who had served as point person between the Canadian and Mexican professional bodies in the year leading up to the event, took on the role of charrette facilitator. On a roasting Thursday afternoon, Flanders led the group from the Hilton Reforma in the historic centre of town to the charrette site. They crossed the leafy Alameda, dodged speeding cars on the wide plain of Reforma Avenue, then hoisted their cameras to eye level as they honed in on their destination: a small triangular square about the size of a baseball diamond called Plaza Zarco. The looming rubble wall of the 16th century Church of San Hipólito flanked the western edge of the plaza, and blue and yellow tarps provided shade to a labyrinth of vendor stalls. As members of the group filtered through the vendor stands, they came to 1 an open area that was about a metre below street level. Here, youths played soccer around a statue and some dilapidated fountain basins while a member of the National Police, dressed in bulletproof vest and navy ball cap, looked on. To the dismay of many, garbage was strewn about, and a foul smell came from a narrow passageway to the north of the plaza, indicating a need for public washrooms. ENCOUNTERING PLAZA ZARCO As we explored the surrounding Colonia Guerrero neighbourhood, I was surprised to see Cynthia Girling, FCSLA, lean fearlessly into Hidalgo Avenue to take a photo, trucks and cars roaring around her. For some reason, an image of her calmly 1 DAVE FLANDERS (DPI TERRITORIAL), CHARRETTE FACILITATOR 2 FLANDERS, AuTHOR CORINNE MEADOWS AND AMANDA LANG (DPLA) WALK THROuGH FOOD STALL | 1 DAVE FLANDERS (DPI TERRITORIAL), ANIMATEuR DE LA CHARRETTE 2 FLANDERS, L'AuTEuRE CORINNE MEADOWS ET AMANDA LANG (DPLA) CHEMINANT ENTRE LES AIRES DE RESTAuRATION. PHOTOS 1 CORINNE MEADOWS 2 CYNTHIA GIRLING 2015 vol. 17_no. 4 29

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2015

COVER | COUVERTURE
TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
UPFRONT | PROLOGUE
MATHIAS REEVE
Celebrating the Charter | Célébrer!
INTERVIEW | ENTREVUE
!Vámonos! to Mexico City
Folk Ensemble
Cultural Dimensions of Contemporary Design
Tzintzuntzan
Keeping the Land
HTFC
Kingston: Vintage Grace Meets Modernist Style
OPINION | OPINION
NUNAVIK + LE PLAN NORD
Metamorphous: Vancouver’s Seawall Sculpture
bREAL ART + DESIGN
JEAN LANDRY, LAST WORD
LE MOT DE LA FIN | THE LAST WORD

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