Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 78

PARTING SHOT

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JEAN TROTTIER

DRAWING BY WENDY GRAHAM

LIMITED SCOPE
"Ah, but landscape architecture's
reach should exceed its grasp!"
> FR_UNE ÉCHELLE LIMITÉE, P 77

EN_
I WAS REMINDED OF THIS LINE, attributed, if memory
serves, to poet Robert Browning, as I read the recent "Big |
Large" issue of LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES and pondered
guest editor Doug Olson's opening statement that "the most
important design scale of our time is the city region, an area
where few landscape architects practice." The subtext is
clear: while the pressing concerns of our era - climate change,
unfettered urbanization, or indigenous reconciliation - are
best addressed at the regional scale, the profession appears
fixated on the local.
As Jim Thomas states in the same issue "[the] profession of
landscape architecture likes to claim large-scale work as part
of its bailiwick, yet the CSLA, the ASLA and their affiliates,
have put barriers and disincentives in place. The processes
of professional registration and licensing are focused on
site-scale design and construction and barely acknowledge
larger scale practice." Indeed one wonders if, under the current
Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE), either
Olson or Thomas - both Fellows of the CSLA - would be
allowed into the profession.
A NARROWING GATEWAY
Young practitioners are also keenly aware of the profession's
narrowing gateway. Katie Black rightly observes that
"governing chapters of CSLA and ASLA are making it very
hard for emerging professionals who practice alternative
forms of landscape architecture to become professionally
recognized and accredited." As an educator, I take this to
heart. I see the exodus of youth interested in environmental
restoration, visual landscape analysis, GIS, and regional
planning - all areas of practice once pioneered by landscape
architects but in which our presence is now, at best, marginal.
So, what to do? First, we must shed the complacent belief
that landscape architects are intrinsically qualified to
practice at all scales. The truth of the matter is that regional
planning demands skills, methods and concepts that are
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only superficially taught in Canadian landscape architecture
programs and poorly tested by LARE. I have yet to meet
a site designer who can conduct a competent multivariate
GIS analysis. So why expect a regional planner to produce
a credible site-grading plan? By making LARE the sine qua
non condition for professional membership we are, in effect,
telling regional planners that they only belong if they can wear
two hats. 
If we are to play in the big sandbox, we'll need to diversify
membership designations within the CSLA. Let's call these
non-LAREfied members landscape planners if that appeases
the sensitive souls. Let's throw in landscape technologists
and landscape scientists while we're at it. And maybe, just
maybe, let's rename the CSLA the Canadian Society of
Landscape Practitioners.
From my university office I observe city planning becoming
the desirable career path for students in geography,
environmental sciences, and related undergraduate Arts
degrees. I see foresters, hydrologists, and geoscientists
joining the Engineering Institute of Canada. Both planning
and engineering have large professional umbrellas and are
comfortable with a diverse body of members. Landscape
architecture, like the architecture profession it seeks to
emulate, not so much. I know which horses I would bet on to
remain relevant in the 21st century.

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TAKE UP OUR CHALLENGE!
With this first salvo LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES initiates a series
of opinionated, no-holds-barred follow-ups to magazine content.
We welcome voluntary contributions but retain the right to edit
the submissions to meet our requirements.
JEAN TROTTIER chairs LP's Editorial Board.
Jean.Trottier@umanitoba.ca



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
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - INTRO
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - cover1
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - cover2
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 3
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 4
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 5
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 6
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 7
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Une Dernière Salve
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 9
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Writers
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 11
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 12
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 13
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 14
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Prologue
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 16
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 17
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 18
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 19
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - La Vague
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 21
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - La Pierre Romancée
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 23
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 24
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 25
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 26
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 27
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 29
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 30
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 31
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 32
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Flooding Fields
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 34
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 35
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Conversation
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 37
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 38
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 39
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 40
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 41
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 42
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Designing Invisible Landscapes
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 44
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 45
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 47
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 48
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 49
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 50
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 51
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Wood Works
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 53
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 55
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 56
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 57
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 58
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Bourses De La FACP
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 60
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 61
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Critique
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 63
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 64
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 65
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 66
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 67
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Une Dernière Salve
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