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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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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Landscape | Paysages: Call for Submissions - Beauty Issue

 The beauty of natural and built environments is central to the landscape architecture profession, along with ecology, the quality of the living environment, socio-cultural issues, identity and other factors. It is, therefore, only natural that there should be an issue of Landscapes I Paysages devoted to beauty. By no means does this imply that the subject is unproblematic: in many ways, beauty is a deeply complex matter. That is the general thrust of this issue. 

Submission Deadline: July 31

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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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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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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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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:

  • Button.pngPrimer One summarizes current science on climate change, and what it means for Canada.
  • 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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