Ekistics and Form:Media in Landscapes/Paysage

Ekistics and Form:Media were well represented in the Fall 2016 issue of Landscapes-Paysages, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects’ (CSLA) quarterly publication. The theme of this issue was ‘Time’—a matter that informs all of our projects, whether we’re investigating and interpreting a site’s history; considering the physical effects of time on the landscape; programming a site and understanding how a space will be perceived at different times of day or over the course of the year.

Rob LeBlanc contributed the first of what will be a regular Tech column in Landscapes-Paysages. Titled Multi-Spectral Time Machines: Technologies that will shape the practice of landscape architecture, Rob’s column discusses the emergence of multispectral satellite imagery and 3D LIDAR Terrain Models for use in archaeological investigations. High tech meets long past, when archaeologists use these technologies to zero in on sites of interest, as was the case with L’Anse aux Meadows, NL—the first Viking settlement in North America.

John deWolf's article “Branding Heritage Landscapes: Old Places, New Connections” (P40–45) looks at the challenges Form:Media faced when the landscape is considered special because of its historic or cultural significance. His article explores three UNESCO World Heritage Sites—Old Town Lunenburg, the Landscape of Grand Pré, and Red Bay Basque Whaling Station—where integrity and authenticity are key to our understanding of time.

In her article, Community and Commemoration: Marking the Halifax Explosion, Sandra Cooke summarizes the role that Fort Needham hill played in the Halifax Explosion of 1917, and how the 2014 masterplan prepared by Ekistics marks the significance of that place (now Fort Needham Memorial Park) by integrating the interpretive design elements into the everyday community uses of the site. The article highlights how the masterplan honours the site’s past through specific design interventions, but also through encouraging use of the site that celebrates the city’s resilience and thriving community of today.

View the full issue here.



Katherine Peck