CSLA Announces its 2019 Federal Election Toolkit

During the 2019 federal election campaign, CSLA members have an opportunity to raise awareness of issues related to landscape architecture. This election toolkit is designed to help CSLA members advocate for better communities by engaging with their candidates. The toolkit also contains useful links to help you find out quickly if you are registered to vote, your electoral constituency or riding, the candidates in your riding and their party’s platform. There are also sample letters as well as sample questions for members to use. These basic tools can also be tailored and customized to more closely address issues in your federal constituency. The CSLA encourages its members to question candidates and to compare their positions on specific issues and educate them on important policy issues that may not be addressed otherwise.

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The CSA asks for feedback on the draft standard CSA Z614 Children’s playgrounds and equipment

CSA Z614 Children’s playgrounds and equipment, developed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Committee on Children’s Playspaces. The draft is now available for a 60-day Public Review ending on AUGUST 18, 2019. It is very important that key playground stakeholders review the document and submit comments and suggested corrections before publication. Interested parties can access the draft at the following link: https://publicreview.csa.ca/Home/Category/011. You can comment directly online.

In this new edition, the Technical Committee has made changes or additions in a number of areas. The Committee added a clause and supporting Annex J to allow for new play components that may not specifically fit into the prescriptive play component types listed in this Standard. The Committee also made changes to user age groups to account for children of different abilities and expanded upon the developmental needs of children. 

Additional changes were made to climbing net structures to harmonize with the ASTM F1487. A new test procedure was added to determine elevated surface compliance. Annex H was updated to improve clarity and changes were made to the elevated component counts. Annex G's chart on plants to avoid was updated as well. Furthermore, the Committee has also added a new Annex on Thermal Comfort.

A one-time registration is required if you have not been to the site before.

For additional information or questions on the CSA Public Review, please feel free to contact Cathryn Cortissoz @ 416-747-2594 or cathryn.cortissoz@csagroup.org.

Excellence: New Edition of LP Magazine and Online Content Available Now

LP’s Awards of Excellence issue offers LAs the opportunity to step back and celebrate our profession and reflect on the tremendous work that we’re doing. Enjoy the issue and the excellence of the projects that helps us reconnect with the profession that we love.

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National Voluntary Code of Conduct for the Ornamental Horticulture Industry Launched

The Canadian Council on Invasive Species, along with the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and several key partners are excited to launch a new National Voluntary Code of Conduct for the ornamental horticulture industry. The National Voluntary Code of Conduct supports the Canadian Council on Invasive Species’ Be Plant Wise program.

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Landscape Institute launches biosecurity toolkit

The Landscape Institute (LI) has published a new plant health and biosecurity toolkit to prioritize action against pests and diseases that threaten our crops, trees, gardens and landscapes in every part of the plant supply chain. This new resource is launched in partnership with the Society of Garden Designers (SGD), the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) and the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) to embed biosecurity best practice in every stage of a project, from landscape assessment through to management.

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Infrastructure Planning Guide and Toolkit:
A Practical Approach to Infrastructure Planning for First Nations

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) recently published a new resource: Infrastructure Planning Guide and Toolkit: A Practical Approach to Infrastructure Planning for First Nations. This guide outlines a step-by-step approach to infrastructure planning and includes practical tools for each step

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Design of Public Spaces Standard - AllAccess Toolkit

The Toolkit is a collection of resources available to landscape architects, and related professionals working with AODA - DoPS. It has been designed as a set of individual tools and resources to support understanding and application of the DOPS Standard. Each of the resources is available separately, or combined in the Toolkit.

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Survey: Landscape Experiences and Values of Landscape Architects

This survey investigates landscape experiences and how they could potentially influence the way landscape architects see their work. It involves questions about memorable landscape experiences, your views on the landscape architecture profession, and your demographic background. It should take about 15-20 minutes. Findings will be used in a PhD research study on experiential awareness in landscape architecture, particularly on how poignant and profound experiences affect individual and collective values for landscape architects in North America.

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Forging the Next Generation of Environmental Practitioners

For over 20 years ECO Canada has been connecting environmental employers and skilled junior talent through employment programs that offer wage subsidies of up to $15,000 and co-op wage funding of up to $5,000 to drive valuable on-the-job work experience and essential skills training.

These programs are very rewarding and lead to amazing advantages including:

  • Grow your team capacity at a cost savings
  • Tap into new talent with fresh ideas
  • Use funding to hire multiple new positions
  • Be approved in as little as two days should you qualify (Applications take 15-30 minutes to complete!)

As an employer you get to tap into a new talent pool while putting dollars back into your budget!

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Ontario Place Call for Development

This Call for Development is seeking a visionary partner(s) with concepts to deliver transformational change and create a world-class, year-round destination with global appeal. The scale and profile of the site demands big, bold ideas and we welcome your inspiration.
This opportunity is about creating something remarkable across 68 acres (28 ha) of land and up to 87 acres (25 ha) of water. Building on the site’s many strengths, this process provides interested parties with an opportunity to be visionary and to comprehensively reinvent this waterfront destination.

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Design & Health World Congress Call for Papers

The International Academy for Design and Health (IADH) will be organising the 13th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition with support of the Belgian governments, and with the collaboration of world-renowned academic institutions and healthcare industries.
You are invited to be part of this mission and vision by submitting the abstracts on the daily themes of the congress including: Healthy City, Global Perspectives and Digital Industries.

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An Invitation to Participate

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) invites you to complete our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Survey for Landscape Architects & Designers. LAF developed this initiative in order to gain a baseline understanding of diversity among landscape architecture professionals, gauge diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and initiatives being pursued by landscape architecture organizations, and identify potential opportunities to support individuals and the profession.
Your participation in this survey is voluntary and all responses will be anonymous.

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The Cultural Landscape Foundation Establishes New International Landscape Architecture Prize

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), a non-profit Washington, D.C.-based education and advocacy organization, announced that it will establish an international landscape architecture prize (“Prize”) to be conferred biennially. This is the first and only international landscape architecture prize that includes a US$100,000 monetary award. In addition, the Prize features two years of related public engagement activities to honor a living practitioner, collaborative or team for their creative, courageous, and visionary work in the field of landscape architecture. The inaugural Prize will be awarded in 2021.

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Climate Change News

The Government of Canada is pleased to announce the launch of ClimateData.ca. The primary goal of this site is to increase access to climate data and information to help users better understand and adapt to our changing climate. ClimateData.ca is part of a continuum of climate data portals which aim to fill the needs of several types of climate data users. You can learn more about this continuum at the Canadian Centre for Climate Services website.

We encourage you to explore the data and features now available on ClimateData.ca including:

  • Historical and projected climate data at the daily level available to view and download at a resolution of about 10 x 10 Km
  • Over 25 different indicators for temperature and precipitation across Canada including extremes
  • Updated historical Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) Curves
  • and a Health Sector Module, the first of a series, which will include data, information and cases studies relevant for specific sectors

The portal was developed through a collaboration between the Canadian Centre for Climate Services at Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Computer Research Institute of Montréal, Ouranos, the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, the Prairie Climate Centre, and HabitatSeven.

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Call for Nominations for the 2019 Arctic Inspiration Prize is open!

The Arctic Inspiration Prize inspires team building and encourages the development of projects that deliver near-term benefit to Arctic communities. In 2019, up to $3 million will be awarded across three prize categories. Please help spread the word, and share this message with your contacts and representatives in communities across the North!

Note that new for 2019, only official AIP Ambassadors can nominate teams!

There is the opportunity to receive feedback on the eligibility of a team and/or project by submitting a Letter of Intent any time before September 9, 2019. Nominations are due October 15, 2019.

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The Canadian City Parks Report is Released

The Canadian City Parks Report takes a close look at the trends, challenges, and opportunities facing city parks, tracked annually through key indicators and stories.

Its goal is to inform and inspire city staff, community members, professionals, politicians, and non-profits by highlighting leading-edge Canadian practices and tracking the pulse of city parks. 

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2020 International Garden Festival Competition: Gardens of the Earth Return to Mother Earth

This call for applications is open

  • to landscape architects with a specialised school or university qualification or who are members of the of the EFLA [European Foundation for Landscape Architecture] or another recognised landscape organisation for countries outside Europe,
  • to multidisciplinary teams, comprising for example architects, engineers, designers, set designers or artists, preferably with a landscape architect or a botanist within this team,
  • to students from landscape, architecture or design schools, who can provide evidence of a landscape option and whose teacher will be the team’s agent.

Download the complete Notification of International Call for Applications

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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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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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