Seferian Design Group Wins 2019 CSLA World Landscape Architecture Month Video Competition

Congratulations to the Seferian Design Group. Check out the winning video here...

CSA/W204 Flood Resilient Design of New Residential Communities – Out for Public Review

The Canadian Standards Association has posted a proposed draft National Standard of Canada on Flood Resilient Design of New Residential Communities for Public Review.

CSA/W204 Flood Resilient Design of New Residential Communities is posted at https://publicreview.csa.ca/Home/Details/3387.  The Public Review Period will be open until June 30, 2019.

This standard outlines requirements and recommendations for greenfield developments.  It includes general principles of community level design, planning principles, siting and storm water system elements focused on building resilience against flooding into the design of new communities.

The Value of Natural Infrastructure:
A PRAC Webinar

This webinar will focus on how municipalities are advancing adaptation to climate change through management of natural infrastructure assets that provide municipal and ecosystem services. An overview presentation will introduce the concept of natural infrastructure, followed by a presentation that highlights the value of natural infrastructure for municipalities. Two case study presentations will feature valuation of natural assets by the City if Saskatoon, and a planning tool created by the Miistakis Institute and piloted in partnership with the Town of Cochrane to increase resilience to flooding and drought using natural infrastructure.

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Announcing the Publication of Vancouverism

About the Book: Until the 1980s, Vancouver was a typical mid-sized North American city, But after the city hosted Expo 86, something extraordinary happened. This otherwise unremarkable urban centre was transformed into an inspiring world-class city celebrated for its livability, sustainability, and competitiveness. This book tells the story of the urban planning phenomenon called "Vancouverism" and the philosophy and practice behind it. Writing from an insider's perspective, Larry Beasley, a former chief planner of Vancouver, traces the principles that inspired Vancouverism and the policy framework developed to implement it.

A prologue, written by Frances Bula, outlines the political and urban history of Vancouver up until the 1980s. The text is beautifully illustrated by the author with 200 colour photographs depicting not only the city's vibrancy but also the principles of Vancouverism in action.

Order online at ubcpress.ca, and enter in the discount code 0311-20 at the checkout screen to receive 20% off the retail price. This discount code will expire August 1, 2019.

And, free shipping is applicable to all Canadian orders over $39.95 (before taxes). If you should have any troubles with your order, please contact UBC Press at frintdesk@ubcpress.ca.

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Endorse the Canadian Landscape Charter! 

Add your name to the list of signatories of the Canadian Landscape Charter by adding your endorsement, and learn about other ways you can support the Charter.

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CSLA Congress and CSLA-BCSLA Showcase

Acknowledgement, Awareness and Engagement – Landscape Architecture and Reconciliation

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The CSLA Reconciliation Advisory Committee Issues a Draft Statement on Landscape Architecture and Reconciliation

Contribute to the consultation! Download the draft statement and tell us what you think by emailing your comments to executive-director@csla-aapc.ca by June 15th, 2019.

CSLA Releases the 2018 Annual Report

Read about the activities of the CSLA in 2018...

Centennial Park Design Competition - Spring 2019

The Vimy Foundation has announced a Canadian student design competition by an individual or team, for a water feature for the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park, Vimy Ridge, France. This element is proposed to be unveiled in 2020.

Submission Deadline: June 12, 2019

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Help to Control the Spread of Box Tree Moth

A Landscape Ontario-led control program will be undertaken in the spring and summer of 2019, with the objective of early control of the recently discovered box tree moth in Toronto. The program will help to stop this new, invasive pest before it has the opportunity to spread further.  Learn more...

News and Resources from the CSLA's Committee on Climate Adaptation

Colleen Mercer Clarke Featured on CBC's The Current

Colleen Mercer Clarke, Chair of the CSLA's Committee on Climate Adaptation, was interviewed by CBC's The Current.

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Climate's Changing: How will YOU respond?

Read the Committee on Climate Adaptation's helpful tool entitled Nine Steps to Help you Plan and Design for the New Climate

LO! Carbon, vol 21, no 1

Ten years. Is it enough time to change societal behaviour, to change our behaviour as landscape architects, to make the move to low carbon in our projects, in our designs? There’s hope out there, but we can do more, as we uncover in this Spring 2019 issue of LANDSCAPES I PAYSAGES.

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Adaptation Primers Available as a Free Download from the CSLA Website

The Primers are divided into four manuals:

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  • Primer Two focuses on framing policy and planning approaches to mitigation and adaptation with special emphasis on building resilience, designing for positive transformation, and ensuring sustainability in ecosystems and societies.
  • Primer Three provides an overview of the opportunities to create resilient communities that enhance public well-being, integrate nature, and ensure a prosperous future.
  • Primer Four focuses on the options for response to rising waters, ranging from persisting in place to migration to better circumstances. 

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LACF invites you to celebrate the launch of our NEW website with us. Be forewarned because things have changed. Enjoy! Learn more...

LACF announces the 2019 Grant Award winners! Learn more...

The 2018 Donors list recognizes our generous supporters and reveals the total amount donated to LACF in 2018. Pretty amazing! Learn more...

Donate now and become a member of LACF by making a gift of $100 or more. Help support our mission of advancing and promoting the values of the profession of Landscape Architecture through research, communication and scholarship. Donate now...

International Federation of Landscape Architects News


NLA, the Norwegian Association of Landscape Architects is hosting the 56th IFLA World Congress, Common Ground in Oslo. This year’s vision for the IFLA World Congress, “Common Ground,” addresses a vast theme including changes to the Earth due to climate change and population growth. The theme both affects our physical surroundings and how to develop and manage our common ground sustainably.

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    The MIT Press Offers CSLA Members a Generous Discount

    The MIT Press is offering CSLA members a 30% discount on all titles in the landscape architecture list ordered directly from their website at https://mitpress.mit.edu/. The discount code is MCSLA30 - it can be used more than once and for multiple titles, is good for both print and e-editions, and will not expire. Learn more about John R. Stilgoe's What is Landscape?

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