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CRITIQUE

The exceptions he celebrates in each city are the great teams
behind the great projects - each with their distinct culture, social
policies and political institutions. Nothing good in a city happens
unless specific energetic and driven individuals make it so. (Think
of the key individuals and teams, including landscape architects
in major city transformations from Vancouver and its Living First
strategy to Quebec City and the formation and projects of the
CCNQ - aka la Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec).
Citing Richard Florida, Berridge reminds us that critical to
the success of today's cities are a number of key, mutually
dependent factors: immigration that brings waves of immigrants
with their great plurality of the best and brightest; "spikiness,"
that is innovation reminding us that "cities run on brains";
education through universities as centres of "brains" (so well
positioned by Elizabeth Cannon, past president of the University
of Calgary and the "Eyes High" strategy); financial services with
its knowledge, expertise and generation of tax revenues; and
quality of urban life characterized by, among other things, safety,
connections, libraries and beauty.
The contradictions of beauty in cities underlie much of this book's
discussions. It is perhaps best found in Berridge's discussion
of his own experiences in his much loved home of Toronto;
now a global city with its contemporary "post ethnic culture of
urban citizenship."

"As landscape architects
we are fortunate enough
to have the privilege
and challenge through
all our works to enable
possibilities of beauty in
the planning and design
of our cities."

asphalt, and concrete high rises seemingly randomly placed.
Within this, he discovers its strip malls are rich in life even with
their random parking lots. There are dozens of restaurants and
businesses full of life, full of people from ethnic communities
across the world shopping, hanging out, going to eat and talking.
Places of worship find homes in industrial sheds. Berridge reminds
us this is the frontline of immigrant settlement where people come
together and realize what an extraordinary place they have moved
to. "Its chaos is part of its ugly beauty." This is where people are
able to make successful lives for themselves and others.

He delights in a block of that city's Spadina Avenue with its
conventional street attributes and its historic ability to transform
itself through its mix of uses, connectedness and street life. He
recalls Jane Jacobs' description of the street as a city's essential
crucible of social order and economic activity.

People move to cities for many reasons; among them their pure
enduring delight, part accident, part fabrication. As landscape
architects we are fortunate enough to have the privilege and
challenge through all our works to enable possibilities of beauty in
the planning and design of our cities. As Berridge says, we have the
opportunity to contribute to urban substance with confidence that
contributes to drive urban change.

Latterly, Berridge suggests, "We have been searching for
beauty in all the wrong places" with his observations about
Toronto's Jane and Weston Road area. It is an area deceiving
with its general ugliness of hydro pylons, traffic on disintegrating

Perfect City is a book without the "graphic support" of plans
and renderings, but rich in narrative; a biography of sorts to
be referenced again and again for its inspiration, humility and
affection for cities as big complicated places.
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WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
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ESSAY | ESSAI LA BEAUTÉ COMME EXPºÉRIENCE
THREE PILLAR CONCEPTS OF CHINESE LANDSCAPE AESTHETICS
LA BEAUTÉ D’UNE INFRASTRUCTURE VIVANTE
SOUS LES ÉTOILES
BEAUTIFUL BOKEH – ACTIVATING THE WINTER LANDSCAPE THROUGH COLOUR
METAMORPHOUS
UNE ÉTRANGE BEAUTÉ
CRITIQUE
I KEEP TAKING THE SAME PHOTO
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