RFP | Ontario Place urban park and waterfront trail project

Ontario Place | Image Credit - Flickr User Danielle Scott

Ontario Place | Image Credit – Flickr User Danielle Scott

Infrastructure Ontario has issued a request for proposals(RFP) seeking landscape architects with the expertise and capacity to design an urban park and waterfront trail along the east island of Ontario Place. Infrastructure Ontario, on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Ministry of Infrastructure, is moving forward on the development of the urban park and waterfront trail to revitalize Ontario Place and improve access to the waterfront.
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Landscape Architecture 5 feet and beyond

I just read the article Grounds for creativity at PostStar.com that talks about the role of a landscape architect and raises some good points about landscape architects and our scope of work however there was one statement that confounded me.

As a rule, landscape architects, who require a different license than a traditional architect, design from five feet outside of the building and beyond.

I don’t know where this came, maybe its a state law definition somewhere? However, I think that it is often a misconception that landscape architects deal with just the outside and beyond the apron of the building. We often work inside the ‘five feet and beyond’ – the entry, the walls (green), roofs, indoor atriums. However this is not the point, I often worry that the line between architect, landscape architect and other disciplines is too defined and limits the creativity of all disciplines. In my experience the best projects and designs are those that are designed as a collaboration between disciplines where a team comes together to formulate a design. Designs should be a collaboration between disciplines not sole disciplines designing ‘our scope/part’.

Landscape architects (and all disciplines) are essential to good design whether it’s a building, urban park, rooftop, or a city. Landscape architecture is the whole landscape not just the 5 feet and beyond.

By Damian Holmes 15 September 2009

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