The CLP is a web based digital photographic gallery intended to illustrate Canada’s diversity of landscapes by provinces and territories.
Compiled from CSLA members’ submissions from around the country, the CLP aspires to showcase the various “landscapes” mentioned in the Canadian Landscape Charter, including the ones too often forgotten because of their apparent unimportance. The CLP is not about finding the most picturesque, rare or exhilarating place but more about capturing those significant moments when a close relationship is achieved between the author and a specific landscape.
The first edition of the Canadian Landscape Portfolio was unveiled during the CSLA-MALA Congress in Winnipeg in June. Click here to view the collection...
The Canadian Landscape Portoflio: describing Canada's landscapes as seen by Canadian landscape architects!
The Canadian Landscape Charter
The Canadian Landscape Charter seeks to uphold the following core principles:
- Recognize landscapes as vital
- Consider all people
- Inspire stewardship
- Expand knowledge
- Show leadership
At a reception held in Mexico on the 22nd of May, the CSLA's component associations ratified the Canadian Landscape Charter. In addition, delegates present at the Congress added their names as signatories to their Charter to show support for the declaration. CLICK HERE to view the list of signatories
The CSLA has actively followed IFLA’s ILC project developments since the beginning of the new millennium. Raquel Peñalosa (AAPQ), CSLA delegate to IFLA and IFLA Vice-President for the Americas Regional Council (2014-2016), has worked closely with Martha Fajardo, IFLA Past President and coordinator of the Latin America Landscape Initiative (LALI), at the 2011 and 2012 IFLA Regional Conference workshops. This collaboration has helped advance current projects and supported the development of numerous landscape charters amongst Latin America IFLA members.
About the Canadian Landscape Charter
The format of the Canadian Landscape Charter was devised to reinforce the diversity of characteristics to be found in the Canadian provinces and territories while, at the same time, developing shared values articulated around a common vision which reflects how CSLA members professionally interact with all forms of landscape. The key objectives of the CLCI were to:
- Provide Canada’s Landscape Architects with a landscape charter that shares priorities and values identified by our international colleagues while protecting our particular characteristics and identity
- Develop a landscape charter that highlights the values and approaches advocated by Canada’s landscape architects
- Identify subjects, themes or specialties impacting landscapes and, ultimately, aspects of landscape architecture that could be more developed or studied, both at the national and regional levels. Landscape architecture could gain from vertical and horizontal integration.
- Communicate the CLC values, principles, research, tools and capacities.
- Devise strategies and action plans to attain CLC’s objectives.
Given the Canadian context, in which both the vastness of the territory and its regional socio-economic, historical and cultural diversity must be considered and respected, the bottom-up approach privileged by IFLA seems the most appropriate. CSLA representatives involved in the process promoted the development of practical responses, modelled on those expressed by IFLA.