Canadian landscape architecture excellence was honoured by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects’ (CSLA) annual Awards of Excellence.
This year, 15 projects received a national award and one project, the Fort Garry Provincial Park by HTFC Planning and Design, was selected for the Jury’s Award of Excellence, given to one project per year which best demonstrates the CSLA’s vision (advancing the art, science and practice of landscape architecture).
According to the jury, Upper Fort Garry Provincial park is an inspired recipe for drawing people in to an important piece of history. Little remained on this important site; it fell to the landscape architect to tell its story.
Upper Fort Garry offers a striking departure from standard heritage interpretation, embracing the ambiguity inherent in historic records to fuel an approach to urban place making that combines crowd-sourced content, grassroots programming, art and technology to honour the fort’s heritage and stimulate new conversations on the history being written today.
Several projects in B.C. and Alberta were recognized including:
- Ponderosa Commons
- Surrey Bend Regional Park
People, Parks and Dogs – A Strategy for sharing Vancouver parks
- Lethbridge River Valley Parks Master Plan
Breathe: Edmonton’s Green Network Strategy
O2 Planning + Design
These projects illustrate the range of what landscape architects do and how landscape architects are helping to reshape communities – defining the places we want to live, work and play.
The awards will be presented at a gala during the CSLA-OALA conference to be held in Toronto on April 7, 2018.
For a full list of winners, visit CSLA