CSLA Suggests Options for the National Memorial to Victims of Communism
OTTAWA, 24 February 2015 – The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) respectfully requests that the National Memorial to Victims of Communism site be reconsidered. The CSLA does not believe that the proposed location, adjacent to the Supreme Court of Canada, is appropriate for this monument, as it sits on the location of the building site of the proposed Federal Court identified in the Long Term Vision and Plan (LTVP) for the Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts .This building would complete the Judicial Triad made up of the Supreme Court of Canada to the North, designed by Ernest Cormier, and the Justice Building to the East, designed by Burritt and Horwood Architects. The monument appears to be designed as a permanent fixture, whereas in this location only a temporary monument should be considered. The LTVP not only shows a building but also indicates underground parking, material handling and a connecting concourse spine in that very location. Clearly, placing any monument at this location would impede the construction of any other future parliamentary or judicial building, and hamper all long-term plans for the area.