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MARILOU CHAMPAGNE

STRANGE
BEAUTY
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EIGHT YEARS AGO, in the studio
donated by Paula Meijerink at the
Université de Montréal's school of
landscape architecture, I started working
on the problem of the survival of Quebec's
native pollinator species. In the winter
of 2017-18, I submitted my final project:
Dispositifs paysagers pour la nidification
des pollinisateurs : de la matière au design
("Landscape devices for pollinator
nesting: from materials to design").

The iterations became devices dedicated
to supporting the nesting process for
native pollinators, in a variety of site types
and conditions.

Because I was sensitive to these insects'
precarious state, I focused my exploration
on one of the essential contributors to
their survival: nesting sites and issues
around their disappearance. Taking an
exploratory approach to material choices,
I made a number of different prototypes.

The objects I made were not insect
houses, but places suitable for insects
to build their nests. By attempting
to house every type of pollinator in a
single structure, insect houses hew to a
reductive, anthropomorphic perspective
on nature and its processes. In this case, I
tried to think like an insect. That approach
required that I set aside my own aesthetic
preferences in order to meet the insects'
particular needs. The very nature of the
task forced me to suspend my concept of
beauty, and required me to be at my most
humble as a designer.

1 NADINE. POURED CONCRETE AND MOULDED
NETTING WITH INTRUSIONS OF FOUND NATURAL
MATERIALS. 2 ABORDAGE. MOULDED RESIN
AND CONCRETE. ASSEMBLY BY GRAVITATION.
VEGETABLE MATTER. 3 ARTÉFACT FORESTIER.
FOUND BRANCHES, ASSEMBLED ON A BOARD.

While working with the materials, I
conceptualized my project in terms of
natural processes: time, entropy, chaos,
decomposition, etc., because I needed to
produce structures with plentiful random

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cavities. In nature, the processes that
break down materials are essential to the
existence of good nesting sites. Likewise,
my exploration needed to involve the
production of prototypes that would age
and change, ultimately producing decisive
transformations. Those transformations
enable the creation of interstices and
cavities in the material, whose porosity
allows pollinators to nest there. These
processes can only lead to evolving,
indeterminate objects.
The resulting prototypes reveal a world
of unusual beauty. Their odd, bizarre and
occasionally grotesque character can
be fascinating. But they are not made
to please us, nor to serve us. Insects'
architecture and "aesthetics" are not our
own, and nor should they be. In essence,
the result of such work is not to make
something beautiful. Rather, it is an
empathic response to a problem affecting
beings of a particular species, focusing on
their needs and way of life. Nevertheless,



Landscapes - Winter 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2019

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
PROLOGUE > FR_ EN_LP
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
THE PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - PROLOGUE > FR_ EN_LP
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - ESSAY | ESSAI LA BEAUTÉ COMME EXPºÉRIENCE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - THREE PILLAR CONCEPTS OF CHINESE LANDSCAPE AESTHETICS
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - LA BEAUTÉ D’UNE INFRASTRUCTURE VIVANTE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - SOUS LES ÉTOILES
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - BEAUTIFUL BOKEH – ACTIVATING THE WINTER LANDSCAPE THROUGH COLOUR
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - METAMORPHOUS
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - UNE ÉTRANGE BEAUTÉ
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - CRITIQUE
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - I KEEP TAKING THE SAME PHOTO
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Landscapes - Winter 2019 - THE PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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