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Designed landscapes: Ground Magazine

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Ground, the magazine of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), recently published a new article by ERA’s Michael McClelland entitled “Sites of Value: Designating Modern Cultural Landscapes in Ontario.”

The article looks at Queen’s Park Complex, designed by Sasaki Strong Associates, as an early example of landscape conservation efforts in Canada. Using the Complex as a case study, the article discusses historical and current legislative frameworks available for landscape conservation, and argues that designed landscapes need more sensitive conservation tools, professional advocacy, and public education. With better tools and heightened awareness, McClelland writes, we can prevent the degradation and devaluation that so often occurs in landscape situations, and begin to champion these spaces as important cultural resources for our cities and communities.

View the full issue of Ground online.