Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects

Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects

The Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects organizes celebrates Manitoba Landscape Architecture Month every September.

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Celebrating landscape architecture

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Celebrating landscape architecture

Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

Heber Garcia is a resident of River East, an avid soccer player, and was once partly responsible for creating a bar made of ice. Why is this important? Because it’s Manitoba Landscape Architecture Month, and landscape architecture, among many things, is about people and the communities that connect them.

Heber is a graduate of the master of landscape architecture program at the University of Manitoba (which is celebrating 50 years this year). He’s also a landscape architectural intern with ft3 and is one of those people in your community with a story to tell!

Heber moved to Canada from Guatemala around 15 years ago, and his family settled in Springfield North where he says, “people take care of each other”. His favourite part of his community is when people rise to the occasion and work together, from neighbourhood barbecues to doing neighbours’ chores when they aren’t able, to making meals for residents in need. A favourite memory from Heber’s university days involves a conga line of faculty, staff and students bringing buckets of ice through the architecture building and into the main courtyard to construct an ice bar for a faculty event.

Heber began his time at university studying computer science but after a vocational test decided to choose architecture instead of clothing design. Throughout his education, he learned two foundational things — to be yourself, and to be curious.

Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

Heber Garcia is a landscape architecture intern at ft3.

Designing landscape solutions

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Designing landscape solutions

Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2022

Kevin Handkamer is an avid outdoorsman, somehow loves Winnipeg winters, and would love to identify your trees. Why is this important? Because it’s Manitoba Landscape Architecture Month, and landscape architecture, among many other things, is about people and the communities that connect them.

Kevin has a graduate degree in landscape architecture from the University of Manitoba, which is celebrating 50 years this year, and is currently a campus planner at that same university.

Kevin grew up with his family in Winnipeg’s North End, an area rich with cultural diversity and history. To this day, he still visits “all the great stalwarts of the community” he did while growing up. Some of his personal highlights are outdoor public spaces such as St. John’s Park and Kildonan Park, where he bikes and spends time with family and friends, and, of course, all the great bakeries and markets for which the community is known. His favourite view of the city is looking northwest on the Salter Street bridge towards the Arlington Street trestle bridge, which captures the city’s industrial past underneath the prairie sky. Learning about the neighbourhood’s historical significance in areas such as Selkirk Avenue and understanding the impact planning decisions can have on communities sparked his intense interest in urban design.

On a memorable university trip to New Orleans, one of his mentors helped Kevin realize he had a key skill that is often overlooked in design — the ability to integrate research into a designed solution: “My sketchbook wasn’t full of sketches and drawings, but I had pages and pages of notes”.

Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2022

Understanding the impact planning decisions can have on communities sparked Kevin Handkamer’s intense interest in urban design.

Celebrating landscape architecture month

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Celebrating landscape architecture month

Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2022

Bob Somers is a resident of Osborne Village, a talented musician, a seasoned skateboarder, and you’ve likely seen him running through the neighbourhood with his partner. Why is this important? Because it’s Manitoba Landscape Architecture Month, and landscape architecture, among many other things, is about people and the communities that connect them.

Bob is a graduate of the master of landscape architecture program at the University of Manitoba, which is celebrating 50 years this year. He is now a principal landscape architect at Scatliff + Miller + Murray, and he’s one of the many people in your community with a story to tell.

Bob grew up skateboarding in St. Vital, where he watched the neighbourhood and the city transform, and in his professional career he continued this transformation by being part of many important projects. In his free time, he toured around the country in numerous rock bands while attending university. Bob moved to Corydon/Osborne area in ’90s, and he enjoys its density and diversity of people. His favourite part of the neighbourhood is the walkability: “You can walk to a corner grocery store, meet friends at a corner bar or walk to the downtown.”

Bob’s love for his community kept him here after he graduated from the U of M. Today, along with his professional practice, he gives back by co-running a Learn to Run Clinic with his wife, where they encourage people to run outside year-round and experience their surroundings at a different pace.

Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2022

Bob Somers is a principal landscape architect at Scatliff + Miller + Murray who was educated at the University of Manitoba.

Reimagining Belvedère Saint-Boniface and Taché Promenade

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Reimagining Belvedère Saint-Boniface and Taché Promenade

Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 3 minute read Monday, Sep. 21, 2020

The breadth of work of a landscape architect ranges from community parks and gardens to large-scale developments and more. Beautiful public and private spaces in each neighbourhood, such as Belvedère Saint-Boniface and Taché Promenade, were designed by landscape architects.

The idea of a waterfront lookout along Taché Avenue that capitalizes on fantastic views and St. Boniface’s rich heritage has been churning through the design and planning circles in Winnipeg for over a decade.

The original vision of a tree-top overlook by landscape architects Cheryl Oakden and Mike Scatliff was incorporated into the City’s 2014 riverfront revitalization plan, Go… to the Waterfront, written by Scatliff + Miller + Murray. The overlook was later adapted and incorporated by architect Étienne Gaboury and landscape architect Garry Hilderman in their magnificent rendition called a belvedère. The lookout structure, perched over the east bank of the Red River, was to serve as a focal point along a new 2.5 kilometre multi-use promenade connecting The Forks with the French Quarter.

With financial contributions from the Winnipeg Foundation, the City followed through on that plan and completed construction of Belvedère Saint-Boniface and Taché Promenade in 2019.

Monday, Sep. 21, 2020

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Within days of opening, the Taché Promenade became a popular destination for pedestrians, cyclists, dog walkers, joggers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking to connect with nature right in the City’s centre. The belvedere along the promenade features an illuminated sculpture by Marcel Gosselin titled Phare Ouest.

Nature playground enlivens École Laura Secord

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Nature playground enlivens École Laura Secord

Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 2 minute read Monday, Sep. 21, 2020

The breadth of work of a landscape architect ranges from community parks and garden, to large-scale developments and more. Beautiful public and private spaces in each neighbourhood, such as École Laura Secord Nature Playground, were designed by Landscape Architects.

The community-driven initiative called Our Backyard is in its second and largest expansion phase. The vision for the space was to develop the playground into an extension of the Wolseley neighbourhood backyard in honour of the late Harry Venema. Little Bluestem Landscape Architecture + Design used principles of land-based education to create a place usable for play and learning in all seasons. The natural materials were arranged throughout the space to encourage physical literacy with plenty of opportunities to climb, balance and take risks.

Little Bluestem guided stakeholder engagement meetings with the Laura Secord parent council to determine the items of importance and the best direction for the community space and budget. The project’s goals were to introduce diversity, different levels of activity and quiet zones within the space. The design included accessible pathways, plantings and small gathering areas with picnic tables, benches and art tables.

Little Bluestem introduced native plants, shade trees and an aspen grove to increase biodiversity, help with carbon sequestration and provide much-needed shade on the school grounds.

Monday, Sep. 21, 2020

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The nature playground at Ecole Laura Secord School has been designed to be usable education and play in all seasons.

St. John’s Park 125th anniversary redevelopment

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St. John’s Park 125th anniversary redevelopment

Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 5 minute read Friday, Sep. 18, 2020

The breadth of work of a landscape architect ranges from community parks and gardens to large-scale developments and more. Beautiful public and private spaces in just about every neighbourhood, such as the redevelopment of St. John’s Park in time for its 125th anniversary were designed by landscape architects.Shortly before Winnipeg’s first public parks board was established in 1893, City of Winnipeg Engineer H. N. Ruttan wrote:“The policy of all civilized countries is to reserve large areas of land where the citizens of all classes can escape from the noise and some of the crowded streets for pure air and recreation.” Winnipeg at this time was transitioning from pioneer settlement to a metropolitan centre of industry and trade. A few prominent residents who had witnessed the effects of rapid urbanization understood the multiple benefits of parks and greenspaces — not the least of which were economic — and that the accelerating pace of growth meant park space had to be secured quickly.The parks board was formed and started small, acquiring sites in emerging neighbourhoods across the city by the end of 1893. In the same year, they commenced work on Winnipeg’s first four public parks (Victoria, Central, Fort Rouge and St. John’s), laying the foundation for Winnipeg’s exceptional public park system. To mark the 125th anniversary, the City commissioned landscape architects at HTFC Planning and Design to develop commemorative entry features that tell the story of each park and provide a recognizable common identity linking the original parks. Each park houses a new triangular monument at its entrance, with interpretive information and a pattern inscribed into weathering steel that relates to unique design elements within that park. The pattern at St. John’s Park is inspired by its early star-shaped formal gardens and radiating pathways.At St. John’s Park, the designers also organized public drop-in events to explore other redevelopment priorities, resulting in a natural playground with unique play elements overlooking the Red River, and a new basketball court that has seen almost continuous use since it was installed in 2018.☐ ☐ ☐Did you know September is Landscape Architecture Month in Manitoba? Every year, the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects compiles a growing list of events around Winnipeg to celebrate Landscape Architecture in the province. For more information on events happening around Winnipeg in September please visit www.mala.netBe sure to follow MALA on Instagram @mala.landscape.architects and on Twitter @mala_net. Join the conversation by posting your own pictures of your favourite outdoor spaces with the hashtag #MBLAmonth to learn more about what landscape architects do.— courtesy of Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects

The breadth of work of a landscape architect ranges from community parks and gardens to large-scale developments and more. Beautiful public and private spaces in just about every neighbourhood, such as the redevelopment of St. John’s Park in time for its 125th anniversary were designed by landscape architects.

Shortly before Winnipeg’s first public parks board was established in 1893, City of Winnipeg Engineer H. N. Ruttan wrote:

“The policy of all civilized countries is to reserve large areas of land where the citizens of all classes can escape from the noise and some of the crowded streets for pure air and recreation.” 

Friday, Sep. 18, 2020

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The new triangular monument at the entrance to St. John’s Park includes interpretive information and a pattern inscribed into weathering steel that relates to the park’s early star-shaped formal gardens and radiating pathways.

Centennial Plaza evokes East St. Paul’s past

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Centennial Plaza evokes East St. Paul’s past

Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 6 minute read Friday, Sep. 6, 2019

The breadth of work of a landscape architect extends wide, ranging from community parks and gardens to large-scale developments and more. Many beautiful public and private spaces in each neighbourhood are designed by landscape architects, such as the Centennial Plaza by landscape architects from Architecture49 and WSP.Centennial Plaza, completed in 2018 and located in the Rural Municipality of East St. Paul just north of Winnipeg, transformed a parking lot into a vibrant, dynamic, and multi-use community gathering space that celebrates the municipality’s rich history and heritage. Surrounding the plaza are trees, shrubs, and flowers native to southern Manitoba, emphasizing the idea that the plaza is deeply connected to the land.The plaza’s program was guided by the voices of the local community through surveys and development sessions, which revealed a common desire for a plaza area, stage, canopy structure, green space, and seating. Key aspects of East St. Paul’s history were also incorporated into the plaza design.Upon entering the plaza from the street, a series of interpretive panels tell the history of East St. Paul. Using materials historically common to Manitoba buildings (weathered steel and Tyndall stone), imagery indicative of life in 19th and early 20th century East St. Paul are depicted.Farming and market gardens played an important role for many newcomers to East St. Paul. The plaza’s canopy — a modern interpretation of the traditional barn structure — creates a playful and unique form through asymmetrical wood beams, while serving as a shelter from the elements. A wooden deck provides a stage for programmed events, such as concerts and community gatherings, as well as casual and spontaneous everyday use.Lines of pavers of contrasting colour and size are spread throughout the whole plaza, representing the lines of the historic river plot system used to delineate the properties of East St. Paul. On the west side of the plaza, these stone pavers meet several giant limestone blocks that pay homage to the municipality’s geological and industrial histories while also providing seating. In every part of its design, the plaza is an expression of East St. Paul’s unique history and heritage. Though it is rooted in the past, the plaza will also create new history by bringing people to the plaza to learn, gather, and celebrate. In this way, the plaza is a celebration of what was and what is to come.☐ ☐ ☐Did you know September is Landscape Architecture Month in Manitoba? Every year, the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects compiles a growing list of events around Winnipeg to celebrate landscape architecture in the province. Join many talented designers and artists as they take over parking stalls and turn them into pop-up parks for just one day. Park(ing) Day began as a grassroots initiative in San Francisco and will take over the Exchange District on Friday, Sept. 20. For more information on events happening around Winnipeg in September please visit www.mala.netFollow MALA on Instagram @mala.landscape.architects and on Twitter @mala_netJoin the conversation by posting your own pictures of your favourite outdoor spaces with the hashtag #MBLAmonth to learn more about what landscape architects do.

The breadth of work of a landscape architect extends wide, ranging from community parks and gardens to large-scale developments and more. 

Many beautiful public and private spaces in each neighbourhood are designed by landscape architects, such as the Centennial Plaza by landscape architects from Architecture49 and WSP.

Centennial Plaza, completed in 2018 and located in the Rural Municipality of East St. Paul just north of Winnipeg, transformed a parking lot into a vibrant, dynamic, and multi-use community gathering space that celebrates the municipality’s rich history and heritage. Surrounding the plaza are trees, shrubs, and flowers native to southern Manitoba, emphasizing the idea that the plaza is deeply connected to the land.

Friday, Sep. 6, 2019

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Centennial Plaza in East St. Paul incorporates historical materials and design features meant to reflect the area's history and heritage.

Bringing the Kings Park waterfall back to life

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Bringing the Kings Park waterfall back to life

Courtesy of Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 3 minute read Monday, Sep. 24, 2018

Did you know September is Landscape Architecture Month in Manitoba? Every year, the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects compiles a growing list of events around Winnipeg to celebrate Landscape Architecture in the province.

Be sure to follow MALA on Instagram @mala.landscape.architects and on Twitter @mala_net. Join the conversation by posting your own pictures of your favourite outdoor spaces with the hashtag #MBLAmonth to learn more about what Landscape Architects do.

Landscape Architects contribute to every outdoor space you use in southwest Winnipeg. They create and rejuvenate landscapes ranging from local parks, sports fields, trails and streetscapes, to plazas, waterparks, playgrounds, gardens and more.

Long-time visitors to Kings Park will notice a familiar sound resurfacing as a feature which has been dormant since the 1990s regains life. Thanks to the work of David Wagner Landscape Architects, the waterfall fountain once again flows through — and down — the middle of Kings Park.

Monday, Sep. 24, 2018

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The waterfall feature at Kings Park in Fort Richmond is once again in use after being revitalized

Creating an oasis on a hospital campus

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Creating an oasis on a hospital campus

Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 6 minute read Monday, Sep. 17, 2018

 

Did you know September is Landscape Architecture Month in Manitoba? Every year, the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects compiles a growing list of events around Winnipeg to celebrate landscape architecture in the province. Keep an eye out for Park(ing) Day, which began as a grassroots initiative in San Francisco and will take over Graham Ave. Mall on Fri., Sept. 21. Join many talented artists and designers as they take over parking stalls and turn then into pop-up parks for just one day.Be sure to follow MALA on Instagram @ mala.landscape.architects and on Twitter @mala_net. Join the conversation by posting your own pictures of your favourite outdoor spaces with the hashtag #MBLAmonth to learn more about what landscape architects do.Landscape architects contribute to every outdoor space you use. They create and rejuvenate landscapes ranging from local parks, sports fields, trails and streetscapes, to plazas, waterparks, playgrounds, gardens and more. The Grace Hospital has been subject of one such landscape architecture project, as Winnipeg-based ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design was selected, along with healthcare consulting and design firm FreemanWhite, to design the hospital’s new emergency department and entrance plaza. Officially opened in May 2018, this project has been certified by Manitoba’s Green Building Policy – Green Globes Path.The context of the site as a hospital was an influential factor to the design, as many of the users will be patients and families of patients. This was considered in imagining a design and concept that was logically planned, predictable and calming. With the knowledge that user-intuitive design reduces stress, a toolbox of wayfinding elements was developed, one which encompasses not only signage but also materials, colour and lighting. These were also considered to ensure that future site designs on the Grace campus will maintain a consistent design language for visitors and patients to rely on as they move through the facilities.Access to green space is often prioritized in well-designed patient facilities. As the Grace Hospital campus is primarily built structure and parking lot, priority was placed on developing a front entrance garden plaza to act as an oasis of sorts for patients, staff and visitors. Multiple pathways throughout the site are edged with seating and planters of various heights, filled with plants native to the prairie region; the design concept was based on the idea of estuaries (where a series of streams meet the mouth of a large river). The primary pedestrian corridors are paved with concrete with accents of flagstone and boulders. Coloured inlays set into these pathways direct people to key areas. Universal design strategies were critically explored. All ramps and staircases include two-level handrails while frequent landings are planned at multiple rest areas. The in-depth analysis of both the site constraints and the future usage show the breadth of variables that landscape srchitects focus on in every project. The Grace Hospital Emergency Department project demonstrates how those variables are responded to with careful consideration and application of knowledge that results in a place that is effortlessly navigated and easily enjoyed. For more information on events happening around Winnipeg in September please visit www.mala.net— courtesy of Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 

Did you know September is Landscape Architecture Month in Manitoba? 

Every year, the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects compiles a growing list of events around Winnipeg to celebrate landscape architecture in the province. 

Monday, Sep. 17, 2018

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When planning the front entrance to Grace Hospital, designers prioritized developing a garden plaza to act as an oasis of sorts for patients, staff and visitors.

Re-imagining a schoolyard play space

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Re-imagining a schoolyard play space

Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 3 minute read Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017

Did you know September is Landscape Architecture Month in Manitoba?

Every year, the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects compiles a growing list of events around Winnipeg to celebrate landscape architecture in the province. Keep an eye out for events such as PARK(ing) Day, which began as a grassroots initiative years ago in San Francisco only to become a world-wide phenomenon. On Fri., Sept. 15, artists and designers will take over several parking stalls at the Forks and convert them into pop-up parks for just one day.

You may not have realized that many of your favourite public spaces have been designed by landscape architects. A landscape architect’s breadth of work ranges from residential design to community parks and gardens to large-scale developments and more.

Winnipeg-based design firm, ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design, was selected by École Provencher School’s parent advisory council to design a master plan to rehabilitate a predominantly hard-surfaced schoolyard.

Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017

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Phase 1 of redevelopment of the schoolyard at Ecole Provencher School (outlined above) is currently under construction.

Go… to the Waterfront comes to life

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Go… to the Waterfront comes to life

Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 3 minute read Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

 

Did you know September is Landscape Architecture Month in Manitoba? Did you know September is Landscape Architecture Month in Manitoba? 

 

Every year, the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects compiles a growing list of events around Winnipeg to celebrate landscape architecture in the province. Keep an eye out for events such as PARK(ing) Day, which began as a grassroots initiative years ago in San Francisco only to become a world-wide phenomenon. 

Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

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The Point Douglas Trail is the first practical application of the City of Winnipeg’s Go... to the Waterfront vision.

Greenspace plan in place in Brandon

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Greenspace plan in place in Brandon

Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 3 minute read Friday, Sep. 8, 2017

Did you know September is Landscape Architecture Month in Manitoba?

Every year, the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects compiles a growing list of events around Winnipeg to celebrate landscape architecture in the province. Keep an eye out for events such as PARK(ing) Day, which began as a grassroots initiative years ago in San Francisco only to become a world-wide phenomenon. On Fri., Sept. 15, artists and designers will take over several parking stalls at the Forks and convert them into pop-up parks for just one day.

You may not have realized that many of your favourite public spaces have been designed by landscape architects. A landscape architect’s breadth of work ranges from residential design to community parks and gardens, to large-scale developments and more.

The A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex, designed by 1x1 Architecture as prime consultant, is located in downtown Brandon at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Princess Street. The newly renovated civic complex is a destination for residents in downtown Brandon. It accommodates civic offices including the planning, engineering departments and community services.

Friday, Sep. 8, 2017

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The newly designed greenspace at Brandon’s A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex is the first project in the city to be designed according to its Greenspace Masterplan.

Clara Hughes Park shines in Elmwood

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Clara Hughes Park shines in Elmwood

Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects 3 minute read Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017

Did you know September is Landscape Architecture Month in Manitoba?

Every year, the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects compiles a growing list of events around Winnipeg to celebrate landscape architecture in the province.

Keep an eye out for events such as PARK(ing) Day, which began as a grassroots initiative years ago in San Francisco only to become a world-wide phenomenon. On Fri., Sept. 15, artists and designers will take over several parking stalls at the Forks and convert them into pop-up parks for just one day.

You may not have realized that many of your favourite public spaces may have been designed by landscape architects. A landscape architect’s breadth of work ranges from residential design to community parks and gardens, to large-scale developments and more.

Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017

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The paved plaza at Clara Hughes Recreation Park invites community members to meet and gather at Clara Hughes Recreation Park.