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1 REAL EGUCHI CYLLA VON TIEDEMANN, WWW.PHOTOGRAPHYMOVES.COM OPINION TOWARD MINDFuL DESIGN Let's enjoy the wonder and anticipation of living mindfully in the moment, the subtle sensuousness of the messy present... FR_ POuR uN DESIGN PLEINEMENT CONSCIENT Réal Eguchi explore la manière dont les architectes paysagistes peuvent créer des paysages qui rehaussent notre capacité de vivre en pleine conscience, avec créativité et authenticité. Il contemple l'adhésion à l'intégralité de la vie, notre vulnérabilité humaine, la conscience de notre imperfection et de notre impermanence, en particulier telles qu'exprimées par la mono no aware, esthétique japonaise traditionnelle qui fait place aux processus naturels. En acceptant la « catastrophe » de nos vies, nous pouvons concevoir des paysages culturels qui manifestent notre humilité, notre gratitude, notre amour et notre révérence envers les autres, envers la terre et envers nous-mêmes. EN_ LET'S ExPLORE CREATING landscapes that enhance our ability to live mindfully, creatively and authentically. This will lead to healthier humans aligning themselves with healthier environments. The guru of clinically-based mindfulness practice, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, advocates that to live mindfully, we need to live with the "supreme appreciation for the richness of life and the inevitability of all its dilemmas, sorrows, traumas, tragedies and ironies." (Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living, pg. liii) He calls this "Full Catastrophe Living". In our culture, human ill-health and death rank highest amongst those life experiences that we find most challenging. So how do we design landscapes that help us to practice facing these challenges, to be in the present moment with ourselves: with our mortal bodies as biological processes, with our authentic emotions and our senses? And why is this important? BEING VULNERABLE IN THE LANDSCAPE A visit to a well-designed playground provides insight. These child-centered landscapes promote growth through physical activity. Children are encouraged to connect and be challenged through their bodies - emotionally, socially, creatively and intellectually. Playing nurtures mindfulness if children can explore and be vulnerable. But do our designed play spaces promote this? In recent years we have once again begun to include natural elements, though sparingly and perhaps too cautiously. Many of us grew up in a world where suburban vernal pools and tadpoles overflowed into our gumboots. We carved our initials into our favourite climbing tree from which we fell. We learned to respect bees by getting stung many times. In these landscapes, we 2 2015 vol. 17_no. 4 53 http://WWW.PHOTOGRAPHYMOVES.COM

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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