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SECOND EDITION - DESIGNED LANDSCAPES PORTFOLIO

Canadian Landscapes Portfolio Collections & Document


MALA - MANITOBA ASSOCIATION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS


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Landscape Architects function at the edge between ‘nature’ and built form; the transition from the building to the garden, the land to the water, the city to the wilderness. We strive to work in harmony with nature, not in opposition to or in spite of, but in concert, and then add the human elements of history and culture to elevate our projects from functional to meaningful. All of the images in Manitoba’s collection of designed landscapes are emblematic of these fundamental principles.
The Grand Beach boardwalk protects the shoreline from erosion, but references historic details from waterfront promenades locally and internationally and incorporates a paving pattern drawn from the survey and settlement of the prairies.
The Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail and Boardwalk provides controlled access to a rare calcareous fen wetland ecosystem, while at the same time protecting what is special about that landscape through its design and construction.
Truro Creek is a natural corridor in an urban setting, a seemingly untouched space carefully composed and influenced by the designer to incorporate walkways, views, native planting and storm water runoff control to protect the environment while also enhancing the user’s experience of place.
The Forks Historic Port provides access to Winnipeg’s two most important rivers, subtly referencing past flood events adjacent to one of Manitoba’s oldest gathering places.
Nearby Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park is a fantastic marriage of the historic and the modern, referencing and recalling long lost buildings and structures through the judicious and meticulous application of steel, stone, wood and planting. At the heart of the city of Winnipeg, it breaks down the walls to the past by telling the story of this place upon the walls of the celebrated fort.
The Internationally renowned Leo Mol Sculpture Garden is a place of delight and wonder for visitors of all ages. A wonderful example of turn of the century garden design, situated in Assiniboine Park adjacent to the Assiniboine River, this ‘traditional’ garden of flower beds, curving cobblestone pathways and circular ponds retains its appeal in the modern day due to its well-conceived, executed and maintained presence.
From the traditional to the capital-‘M’ Modern, Folly Forest is a delightful exploration of geometry and materials in a Winnipeg schoolyard. A line in the sand against dwindling budgets for green space development, the project breaks through an asphalt expanse to plant pioneer tree species in angular, jagged beds to create shade and escape for the young minds of tomorrow’s leaders.
A climatic installation in a snowy field adjacent to the historic Red River, Snow Academy examines the challenging and temporal nature of Manitoba’s seasonal landscapes. Through the thoughtful manipulation of snow and ice, an elliptical space was created to celebrate play while altering an under-utilized portion of the river floodplain.
The Carol Shields Labyrinth is a wonderful tribute to one of the province’s most beloved authors and a great example of what a small group of passionate citizens can accomplish with effort and dedication. Located in King’s Park near the University of Manitoba where she taught for many years, the circular form of the labyrinth draws in visitors to discover details about the life of Carol Shields, a subtle metaphor for the depth of meaning that can be found within her writing.
Thermea Spa has been a revelation in Winnipeg, a place that if someone says they haven’t been, it only means they haven’t been ‘yet’. Here, the buildings serve the landscape, and not the other way around. Incorporating Nordic and Icelandic themes into a series of varying-temperature bathing pools and lounge areas, in the wintry-est of winter cities, it takes what one might expect to be an indoor experience, outside, even at 30 below Celsius!

Selection committee


By Chantal Alary, Monica Giesbrecht, Chris Hart, Ryan Wakshinski

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Grand Beach Boardwalk

 
Description
▶︎ Unit paver plaza with timber railing along top of sheet pile board walk wall
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Grand Beach Boardwalk
▶︎ West Beach, Grand Beach Provincial Park, MB
 
Author
▶︎ Ryan Wakshinski, MALA
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Borkenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail

 
Description
▶︎ The trail skirts a downed cedar tree as it approaches a clearing of Labrador Tea and the open north fen
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail and Boardwalk
▶︎ Brokenhead Wetland, Canterbury, Manitoba
 
Author
▶︎ Ryan Wakshinski, MALA
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Truro Creek Revitallization

 
Description
▶︎ Truro Creek is a channelized tributary to the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg. Our work compensates for channelization by constructing riffle structures to slow and aerate water flow. Reshaping of the creek bed created a wetland to support wildlife, and new mowing regimes allow tall grass, better habitat, and a richer environment for the neighbourhood. Where a barren, mowed channel once was, the rehabilitated creek provides habitat for ducks, dragonflies, frogs, and fingerling fish. The area in the photograph was named the Jimmy Welsh Wetland, after a local curling star, because the foundations of his home rink are literally in the creek, forming part of the east bank
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Truro Creek Revitalization
▶︎ Winnipeg, MB
 
Author
▶︎ Cynthia Cohlmeyer, MALA
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The Fork Historic Fort

 
Description
▶︎ While the Forks Historic Port is now more than 25 years old, the way it inhabits the south-facing bank of the Assiniboine, and the way its design accommodates people from all walks of life, at all times of the day, remains a wonderful benefit for Winnipeg. The physical design invites activity as well as relaxation, and the historical aspects integrated into the landscape attract much attention and thought. The Historic Port attracts over 6 million visitors per year, and is as popular in the winter as it is in the summer
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ The Fort Historic Fort
▶︎ Winnipeg, MB
 
Author
▶︎ Cynthia Cohlmeyer, MALA
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Upper Fort Garry Park

 
Description
▶︎ Upper Fort Garry is a founding landmark for the City of Winnipeg. The site provokes introspection, interaction, play, and appreciation for our historical roots
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Upper Fort Garry Park
▶︎ Winnipeg, MB
 
Author
▶︎ Rachelle Kirouac, MALA
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Leo Mol Sculpture Garden

 
Description
▶︎ Nestled within a river-bottom forest along the Assiniboine River in one of Winnipeg's largest urban parks, the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden offers a quiet retreat within the city. Mature trees provide a shaded canvas for the design of the garden, creating spaces that offer intimate moments and interactions highly contrasted by the bustling context.
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Leo Mol Sculpture Garden
▶︎ Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, MB
 
Author
▶︎ Emily Sinclair, MALA
 
Credits
Kaili Brown
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Folly Forest

 
Description
▶︎ Folly Forest demonstrates the immense potential of landscape architecture as a spatial and social transformer. Located in one of Winnipeg’s underprivileged districts Strathcona School is magically transformed by perforating fifty years old asphalt. It showcases how a simple measure can take ecological and aesthetic effects and turn them into the formative element of design. Reused materials and their transformation into a new context, is key. Folly Forest proves that projects do not need to have million dollar budgets or use vast amounts of resources. “Star shaped fugues” create “free spaces” and become a composed piece of everyday ecology and biodiversity
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Folly Forest
▶︎ Winnipeg, MB
 
Author
▶︎ Straub Thurmayr, MALA
 
Credits
Dietmar Straub
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CASA Montessori & ORFF School

 
Description
▶︎ This project did not aim to reach an ideal state but rather to record the changes and everything that happened to it. The places are activated and deactivated by the inhabitants, fluctuating freely between permanence and a sense of the temporary. The result is a spatial experience that achieves beauty and learning through the life and health of a ‘non-domesticated’ environment. The children love to explore movement through the rolling landscape and feel free to dance, skip, and leap as they travel across the various textures of their land
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ CASA Montessori & ORFF School
▶︎ Winnipeg, MB
 
Author
▶︎ Straub Thurmayr, MALA
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Thermea #2

 
Description
▶︎ The landscape design accentuates the natural materials within a compact space to create a cycle of changing micro-climates to enhance relaxation and restoration of the mind, body and soul
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Thermea #2
▶︎ Crescent Drive Park, MB
 
Author
▶︎ Chantal L. Alary, MALA
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Labirynth #2

 
Description
▶︎ People who walk Carol’s Labyrinth describe feelings of introspective peace, quiet and stillness. The labyrinth reminds us that our path in life is a winding journey in search of meaning and purpose that evokes the author’s past while inspiring the walker’s future
 
Title, Localization
▶︎ Labyrinth #2
▶︎ Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth, Winnipeg, MB
 
Author
▶︎ Chantal L. Alary, MALA

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