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PROLOGUE

02 / IN LEFT FIELD
AND ON THE SIDELINES
ALEX BOROWIECKA

EN_ MY FIRST PROJECT in the Northwest
Territories was the design of the grounds
of a high school in a small mining
community which is now a ghost town. The
consultations and site inspections involved
a short flight from Yellowknife across
Great Slave Lake to Hay River and then an
hour-long drive to Pine Point, on what was
largely a two-lane gravel road through the
isolation and beauty of a ghostly boreal
forest. Today, only community memory
holds on to "my" project, which has since
been absorbed by the land around it.
I have not contributed to the growth or
demise of ghost towns since then. But
many projects and many travels later, I am
now something of a "ghost" landscape
architect in my Yellowknife neighbourhood.
I live in a small manufactured home in what
an ex-friend of mine called "just a trailer
park." The acre or so of land has slowly
evolved into what I think is a wonderful
neighbourhood. My place sits on top of
a rock hill; it can barely be seen because
of all the trees. I have my own forest and
meadows. My neighbours, whom I consider
the best, vary in age from 30 to 60 years
old. Their children range in age from a
month to 15 years old.
JUST A NEIGHBOUR
Most of my neighbours know that I am
a landscape architect by occupation, but
the design of the community garden and
park proceed with me just as a neighbour,
one whose stuff rarely sells at community
bazaars, one who doesn't bake very well,
and one whose garden is unintentionally
very, very wild. I have learned to accept
things that are not considered (by some)
to be aesthetically pleasing, but these
things encourage people to interact with
their environment. I have dirtied my hands
planting shrubs that were selected by
others and that I thought were not hardy,
but are now thriving.
Spring initiates garden clean up. Summer
sees the frantic planting of the garden,
barbecues and complex watering schedules
set up on the computer. Fall brings harvest
and attendant community celebrations.
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Winter spurs collections of snowmen and
snow forts. All of this is about a fiveminute walk from the centre of town, and
in the other direction a five-minute walk to
Great Slave Lake.
DOES NOVELTY EVOLVE?
We do have some problems. Currently
we are wondering what to name the
neighbourhood and the park, and
figuring out how to welcome "downtown
creep": can we take advantage of its
positive aspects, while maintaining a
neighbourhood identity?
The novelty of all this is the growing
stability of a community of people who
have taken power for themselves and
made use of the power of those around
them. Our community "square" combines
street art, food security and environmental
rehabilitation, all because a group of
people were sitting around one night and
started wondering what might be done
with a no longer functioning power line and
its overgrown and abandoned hydro line
right-of-way. Is the community a novel one
because it is this particular place and this
particular group of people? Is this novel
because it is evolving without a plan and
over time? But perhaps all of this is part of
the evolution of novelty itself.
ALEX BOROWIECKA is the NWTALA
representative on the CSLA Editorial Board.
atboro@icloud.com

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03 /
THE JOYS OF
LANDSCAPE
PRIZE
RYAN WAKSHINSKI

EN_ IN 2016, SIX UNIVERSITY
OF MANITOBA LA graduates (Robert
Fershau, Gareth Loveridge, Bob Somers,
Grant Stewart, Chris Veres and Ryan
Wakshinski), along with department
head Dr. Alan Tate, combined forces
(and funds!) to create The Joys of
Landscape Prize. This (initially)
$1000 annual award recognizes
students who show commitment to
their academic endeavors and, more
importantly, to fostering school spirit
and Departmental growth through
extracurricular activity.
Janelle Harper received the first award,
presented in January, 2017. A student of
great accomplishment, well-thoughtof by her peers and faculty, Janelle is
active in countless endeavors including
student and MALA Council, Ditchball
and The Warming Huts Competition.
She is a Faculty Ambassador for
the Partner's Program to Architects
without Borders, and on and on. To
quote her letter of reference from Dr.
Marcella Eaton, "she has the spirit
that the creators of this prize carried
through the Faculty, and that spirit is
exemplified in her actions."


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2017

To Begin With
Une Dernière Salve
Collaborateurs
Writers
Upfront
Prologue
La Vague
Romance of the Stone
La Pierre Romancée
Numériser La Nature
Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
Flooding Fields
Conversation
Designing Invisible Landscapes
Stacking Up - the LA’s Toolkit: A Groundhog Plugin for Grasshopper
Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
Wood Works
Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
LACF
Bourses De La FACP
Critique
Parting Shot
Une Dernière Salve
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - La Pierre Romancée
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Flooding Fields
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Conversation
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Designing Invisible Landscapes
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Wood Works
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
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