The words on the benches and earthworks emerging on the hilly turf at Fort Needham Memorial Park are few, but they are puzzling—even frightening. “Guncotton.” “Mono-chlorbenzol.” “Trinitrotoluol (TNT).” A century after the Halifax explosion, memories of Canada’s largest explosion are embedded in the landscape. Experiential graphic artists of Form:Media, together with landscape architects of Ekistics Planning & Design, believe in the power of the provocative detail in the landscape, because “discovery can be as effective as a history book.”
In 2017, I was asked to be a regular contributor to Applied Arts Magazine. A true honour for someone who has grown up reading their magazine for the past 30 years. I have been asked to contribute a regular opinion piece to the quarterly publication. My inaugural column titled “Judged and Juried: It’s time to take a more holistic look at design awards” arrived at my desk today.
The Winter 2016 issue of Landscape/Paysages explores landscapes touched by time. We find serenity and remembrance among the stones and chestnut trees of Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery. We delight in the ephemeral, from the 30 urban seesaws in wintry Montreal to the city’s summer-time upwellings of life in the streets.