LACF is proud to showcase standout communication publications supported by the Foundation that promote and advance the ideals of the profession of landscape architecture in enduring ways. These published resources contribute to increasing understanding about the Canadian landscape, its history and the experience of landscape through design, people, practice and creativity. LACF is proud to have provided seed-funding for these essential works. 

Marc Treib and Susan HerringtonBoules rose _ Pink balls, rue Ste. Catherine_ Montréal de Claude Cormier 

1. A special project and some SERIOUS FUN! / Marc Treib and Susan Herrington

In the Fall of 2018, the LACF Board voted unanimously in support of a book proposal from two academic authors, to the amount of $10,000.  The publication is entitled Serious Fun: The Landscapes of Claude Cormier, an essay by Marc Treib and Susan Herrington 

After initial review by the Grants Committee, it was confirmed that the proposal met with criteria for special project funding given its wide appeal, potential broad exposure, national scope and overall fit with the goals and objectives of the Foundation. Board members voted in favour of promoting a publication about the work of one of Canada’s decidedly unique and colourful figures in the field of landscape architecture today, Claude Cormier.  Funding will be directed to printing the 2000 copies of a book that the authors claim to be “the first comprehensive analysis of one of Canada’s most prominent landscape architects” and “an analysis of the landscape architect’s evolution, attitude and design philosophy.”  LACF is looking forward to the FUN and will keep you informed as the publication date approaches. 

Portfolio Archives #143



Book Cover_ Landscape Architecture in Canada 

2. Landscape Architecture in Canada / Ron Williams

LACF contributed funds towards the publication of this in-depth work by Ron Williams FCSLA, one of Canada’s foremost experts on the history of landscape architecture in Canada. "Landscape Architecture in Canada" is published in both French and English.  The book explores the art and science of modifying the natural landscape to accommodate the life of human beings, from the extensive but little-known interventions of the First Nations to the complex creations of the many cultural currents that characterize today’s landscapes across Canada. The official book launch was held at the CSLA Congress in Ottawa, May 2014. LACF AND CSLA joined forces to promote the book by supporting a cross-Canada speaking tour entitled CONVERSATIONS. The book-tour provided a unique opportunity to create public awareness about the role landscape architects have played in shaping the Canada we live in today.  The successful tour provided visibility for LACF, CSLA and CSLA component associations as important institutions that support the profession and the landscapes that we are charged with stewarding. 

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Portfolio Archives > #62, #55

Making a Place recounts the history of Landscape Architects and Landscape Architecture in Manitoba

3. Making a Place / History of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Architects in Manitoba

In 1998 and 2002, LACF seed-funded the publication of "Making a Place" by supporting research into the history of Landscape Architecture in Manitoba by historian Catherine Macdonald. This extensive and illustrated history of the first twenty-five years of Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects (MALA) includes information on landscape architects and their projects up to 2014. The Winnipeg Architecture Foundation (WAF) and the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects (MALA) proposed a final phase in 2014 to update, enhance and promote the history of Landscape Architecture in Manitoba as informed by professional research and Oral History interviews. The result is a comprehensive electronic resource for public education programmes including the publication itself; self-guided and QR code tours as well as digital and physical exhibits. It's a fascinating read! 

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Portfolio Archives  #107 


Book Cover_ Practice of LA in Canada

4. The Practice of Landscape Architecture in Canada / James R. Taylor 

This Handbook received LACF funding in 2006 and a second edition of the book was published in 2010.

This informative book is a must for: 
•    Students in landscape architecture
•    Candidates for the LARE
•    Landscape architects in practice.

Thanks to the generosity of James Taylor, FCSLA, FASLA, Professor Emeritus / University of Guelph, all profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation. 
You can order a copy of this book here Handbook order form.pdf   

Portfolio Archives #52

5.  Experimenting Landscape_ International Garden Festival / Alexander Reford, Emily Waugh

Experimenting Landscape: Testing the Limits of the Garden presents a selection of conceptual garden installations from the International Garden Festival held at Les Jardins de Métis, in Grand-Métis, Quebec every year since 2000. Experimenting Landscape, published September 2016 by Birkhäuser, the international publisher for architecture, landscaping, and design, provides a unique opportunity to promote landscape architecture in Canada to an expanded international audience. Using case studies from the Festival, interviews with designers, illustrated essays from scholars in the fields of landscape architecture and garden design, and a carefully curated selection from the Festival’s archive of 80,000 photographs of past projects, this publication demonstrates how designers use installations as a testing ground to explore new directions in their work. The book illustrates how the in situ installations on the Festival site and other venues have contributed to the advance of landscape as an essential design discipline that is core to the shaping of cities and the urban environment. The International Garden Festival is the key partner in this project.  The Festival enlisted Emily Waugh as the commissioning editor of this project.  The LACF contribution was used to assist with publication and the subsequent book tour planned by the International Garden Festival. 

Portfolio Archives #125

6. Common Space Coalition Directory 

Common Space Coalition are landscape architects across Canada whose goal is to combat racism and promote diversity in our professional practice through research and advocacy.

Common Space Directory will be an online resource for landscape architects to connect with grassroots activists and community leaders where our professions intersect. Our goal is to leverage our expanding network of landscape architects and allied professionals to research, catalogue, and curate a freely accessible web platform highlighting ongoing community, non-profit, and volunteer initiatives operating adjacent to the professional scope of landscape architects. 

The Directory will help landscape architects capitalize on the grassroots work that is already being done in the communities they serve, and incorporate it into the design process for highly resilient, multi-generational, sensitive, and enduring Canadian landscape architecture that responds directly to its social, cultural, and historical context. The Common Space Directory will push landscape architecture towards a hybridized discipline that considers social justice, sustainability, and human dignity above all.

Portfolio Archive #164

7. Innate Terrain: Canadian Landscape Architecture 

Innate Terrain: Canadian Landscape Architecture, is a book that is concerned with the practice and theories of Canadian landscape architecture. It is edited by Alissa North with a Foreword by Ron Williams, and includes chapters written by Canadian landscape architectural scholars and practitioners, which document the breadth of contemporary practice from across the country. The chapter authors use these works of landscape architecture to theorize a distinct approach practiced by Canadian landscape architects in their national context. The book’s central argument is that Canadian landscape architecture is distinct because of the unique qualities of the Canadian terrain and the particular relationship that Canadians hold with the landscapes of our nation.

Portfolio Archive #171

8. A Story Map for Toronto’s Potential Landscape System

Toronto’s system of lakefront and ravine landscapes is its most valuable resource, but despite a legacy of conservation through the efforts of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and City initiatives like the Ravine Strategy, many gaps still exist, particularly through lower income neighbourhoods. Toronto’s network of diverse landscapes is almost, but not quite yet, a Metropolitan Park System like Boston’s or Chicago’s. This online GIS Story Map of Toronto’s Potential Landscape System will raise awareness of the value of its natural heritage, cultivate a community of advocates for the protection, restoration, and improvement of the lakefront and ravines and work toward the realization of the larger regional connected system.

Toronto has a legacy of strong community advocacy for conservation and re-naturalization, which have led to some of the unique places in our city such as the Leslie Spit, the Meadoway, the Toronto Islands, the re-naturalization of the Lower Don River, and the more recent efforts to protect ravine landscapes from infrastructure construction projects. This initiative follows in the footsteps of Anne Spirn’s West Philadelphia Project, engaging the creativity of students and communities to support the implementation of the City of Toronto’s Ravine Strategy, and to serve as an educational and advocacy tool to cultivate an informed public that will value and protect the city’s landscape system in perpetuity.

Portfolio Archive #173

9. landED Green Guide: The How-to Manual for Schoolyard Sustainability

The purpose of the landED Green Guide is to provide a landscape sustainability document that supports Canadian schools in understanding and maintaining their outdoor learning space. We aim to take the traditional landscape handover document and reframe it for accessible, long-term school use.

Landscape projects at schools are championed by passionate teachers and parents. A high rate of turnover in these parties results in new community leaders missing information about the original landscape design intentions. The guide will act as a connecting thread between generations as students graduate, and their parents move on to join other councils. It will help new teachers become acquainted with their space when staff change schools. It will also offer activity suggestions to teacher candidates whose time with a class is limited.

It is our hope that the landED Green Guide inspires landscape stewardship in educators, parents, and students, by expanding the base of knowledge keepers. By sharing the guide, the spirit of the landscape architect will remain in the schoolyard space, long after we have completed our contracted work.

Portfolio Archive #176


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