Call for proposals | International Garden Festival 2016

Popple by Meaghan Hunter & Suzy Melo, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Canada Image Credit: Martin Bond

The International Garden Festival, presented at the Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens in the Gaspésie region of Québec, is preparing its 17th edition and is issuing an international call for proposals to select designers who will create the new temporary gardens that will be presented from June 23, 2016.

The installations selected by the jury will have a special energy and connection to the natural world. The temporary gardens will have a degree of interactivity that encourages visitors to enter with enthusiasm. The goal is to intrigue visitors with the unusual or to impress by new ways of presenting what is common.

This call for proposals is open to all landscape architects, architects and multidisciplinary teams from Canada and abroad. For complete information on this call for proposals, those interested should consult the web site:

The deadline for the submission of entries is MONDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2015 at 5 pm EST.

World Landscape Architecture is not involved with the Festival please contact the organisers via

CSLA launches call for 2016 Awards of Excellence

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) has launched a call for entries for the 2016 Awards of Excellence.  For 2016, the CSLA has modernize and revised the Awards program after a two year Awards Task Force drafted and received approval for the new Awards Program. The former program recognized awards on a citation, merit and honour basis, on both regional and national levels, in several categories including design, planning and research, communications and new initiatives.

With the modernized Awards of Excellence Program, submissions will be judged and awarded at two levels:
o National Awards (up to three per category), and
o Jury’s Award of Excellence (one per year)

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CSLA Congress | Call for Abstracts

The 2016 CSLA/AAPC  Congress will be held at the Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from June 23rd to June 25th, 2016. The 2016 CSLA Congress will be co-hosted by the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects. The theme for the 2016 Congress is: HOME: LOCALLY INSPIRED.

Bringing the focus back to the local, this Congress will ask individuals to contemplate the influences of our work as landscape architects and its effects on the communities that we serve in order to improve all of our lives. How do we design/build our home for ourselves or for others? At what scale do we perceive our home and our community, and what influences it? What does it mean to call a place our home?

Call for Abstracts
The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) invites qualified experts to submit abstracts for oral presentations (concurrent sessions, 45 minutes in length) to be made at the upcoming 2016 CSLA Congress scheduled to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 23-25, 2016. Presentations are scheduled on June 24th and 25th and we expect 200 to 250 delegates to be present.

Find out more at the CSLA/AAPC – Call for Abstracts

Garden City Lands Legacy Landscape Plan | Richmond, Canada | PWL Partnership Landscape Architects


The unique character of the land, its ALR designation, and input from the community provided the basis for the Garden City Lands (GCL) Legacy Landscape.  After being used as a rifle range in the early 1900’s and housing National Coast Guard communication towers in the later part of the century, this extraordinary 136 acre site located in the heart of Richmond, B.C. has remained predominantly unused.  City Council made a landmark decision to purchase the site from the Federal Government in 2010 to serve as a community amenity.  The resulting Legacy Landscape plan combines: sustainable, small-scale agro-ecological approaches to crop production; engaging, research-based approaches to conservation; community uses that promote intergenerational health and wellness; and the creation of a cultural landscape identity.  Rather than compartmentalizing these potentially divergent land uses, the Legacy plan and framework blend them, with each enhancing the other towards the creation of a truly dynamic and multifunctional landscape.


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Back to the River Design Competition in London, Ontario


Back to the River, a paid design competition, is intended to revitalize a section of the Thames River corridor in London, Ontario, Canada by stimulating reinvestment and providing new opportunities for connection to the river.  The competition is sponsored by the London Community Foundation, the City of London and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.

Through this two-stage design competition, the Sponsors seek a design vision for a 5km segment of the Thames River Corridor and detailed area plans for two focus areas with special city-building potential. At the most refined level of detail, the design submissions will identify implementable projects for each of the focus areas to enhance the environment, community quality of life, and economic development in London.

The Jury will, on the basis of submissions to the RFQ, select between three (3) and five (5) qualified Proponents to proceed to the RFP stage of the design competition. Each qualified Proponent who is invited to and submits a qualified response to the RFP will be awarded $40,000. The winning proposal will be awarded a design contract with the City of London of at least $200,000 to initiate detailed design of the inaugural project for The Forks, one of the focus areas described above.”

The first stage, an open RFQ released May 6th with responses due June 3rd. Short listed proponents will be invited to respond to an RFP later in the summer.
For more information, see

THE WHITE ROOMS by architect Pierre Thibault at Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens


The White Rooms | Image credit: Atelier Pierre Thibault

The experimental and ephemeral projects of Pierre Thibault and his Atelier are a key component of his architectural practice, from the most discreet installation in the landscape to multidisciplinary artistic performances. His exploration will continue from May 30 to September 28, 2015 at Les Jardins de Métis with an exhibition Les Chambres blanches / The White Rooms where his latest work will be on view.

” Building is one of the most important acts of any society because it has a defining impact on the landscape, modifying the relationship we have with it, our way of seeing, understanding and living in it. ” Pierre Thibault

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The International Garden Festival announces the designers for 2015


SE MOUILLER (la belle échappée) by Groupe A / Annexe U

The International Garden Festival is pleased to announce the names of the designers selected by the jury for the 16th edition of the Festival presented at the Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens from June 26 to September 27, 2015. The competition attracted 309 proposals for contemporary gardens submitted by over 700 architects, landscape architects, designers and artists from 34 countries.

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