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LE JARDIN DE VERRE

"All of our projects are really
about coming forward with novel
ideas to change the perception of
how places are used..."

But you know it's funny, because
I get caught on the word novelty,
because novelty has this sense of
being about things that are a real
treat to have, whereas our profession
is a necessity. We're not a "novelty";
landscape architecture is a fundamental
necessity now.
DN: Was this always the case?
JR: When I started this practice over
30 years ago, what were we doing?
We were basically planting trees
on boulevards, we were fighting
with architects about landscape
architecture and the purpose and value
that it had. [Yet now] it's really the
landscape architects who are leading
major projects in city building, park
development and intensification. Now
it's our time...

But you really need the right sites and
the right clients who will trust you,
who will allow you to do your best
work, to take a stand, to do something
different. Then we set new precedents;
it becomes a new paradigm; the
profession marches forward.
DN: So this idea of novelty can trivialize
what landscape architects do?
JR: I think you understand what I'm
getting at. In the dictionary, novelty is
described as "new, original, unusual,
unfamiliar, unconventional, different,
fresh, innovative," so I don't feel
comfortable with it. It's been too long a
battle to get us to this point.

Our strength is to take a standard and
often formulaic engineered solution and
turn it into something beautiful, or to
take the functional requirements and
insist that they work from a landscape
point of view - for people. It's about the
public realm now. And certainly with
climate change, it's about the need for
resilient landscape solutions.
DN: Yes, and the rules are changing.
A recent article from the Society of
Ecological Restoration said that one
third of the planet's ecosystems are now
"novel". So contemporary landscape
architecture is increasingly going to need
to develop inventive solutions to deal
with ecological crises, using all the tools
we have.
JR: But you know, you also need people
with passion, you need voices, you need
commitment and you need to care.
Landscape architects are really the
voices of the natural environment.
DN: We are the profession that's going
to be dealing with this ongoing dialogue
between humans and anthropogenic
change. The solutions are going to be
challenging and intricate, but I think
we're the profession that can keep pace
with that.
JR: But Dan, you have to be brave. And
you have to say that it's important. There
are very few passionate professions...I
mean, it breaks my heart when I look at
some of the things that are happening.
Listen, the President of the United States
doesn't believe in climate change...
and he's putting coal mines back into
parks, and you don't see a big uprising
because of it.
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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 - Writers
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - La Pierre Romancée
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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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