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2018 CSLA and OALA Conference

The 2018 CSLA and OALA Conference will be held from Thursday, April 5th, 2018 to Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, ON.

More information including a provisional program, call for abstracts and pricing details can be found on the CSLA website.

Registration will be open in January 2018.

Click here for more details. 

 

Conference Theme:

Moving Forward: Addressing Society’s Challenges Through New Paradigms in Landscape Architecture

The profession of landscape architecture in Canada is over 100 years old. In 2018, the OALA will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Canadian landscape architects were associated and organized as early as 1934; they celebrated the profession’s achievements, promoted its benefits and grew the profession into a force for better communities, healthy societies and greener infrastructures.

The profession of landscape architecture is critical to creatively resolving important emerging societal issues. These include increased infrastructure demands, the need for resiliency and sustainability in design, new uses of landscapes, and protecting, preserving and respecting historical places. By learning from the past, this conference aims to explore how landscape architects will contribute to solving these issues in the future. Questions to explore include:

  • the expanding role of the landscape architect in a quickly urbanizing world;
  • establishing new paradigms of collaboration as a model for good solutions, including working in interdisciplinary teams;
  • the increasing role of the city region, including its place and ecologies in our landscape;
  • re-defining placemaking, particularly as it applies to the issue of land ownership and indigenous rights;
  • the use of new technology and innovation in contemporary landscape architecture;
  • the need and desire for increasingly resilient and aesthetic urban design to respond to our changing climate.
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OALA 50th Anniversary Logo Competition

In April 2018 the OALA will celebrate its 50th year starting with our AGM on April 6th. To commemorate this achievement, the Legacy Task Force announces the OALA Logo Competition to select a celebratory graphic logo to be used in conjunction with the 2018 Conference. The 50thAnniversary Logo will be used in OALA email signatures, on Conference materials sent to members, and other items at the Conference.

Deadline to submit is August 11.

For more information on how to submit, click here.

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Reducing The Risk of Public Harm: The Practice of Landscape Architecture in Ontario

Attorney General and Government House Leader Yasir Naqvi, MPP (Ottawa Centre), met with Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) representatives on January 27 and gave them some homework.

The Minister asked OALA how a Landscape Architect Practice Act would reduce public harm.

Over the last five months, OALA, under the direction of the Practice Legislation Committee, prepared an excellent response which has now been given to the Attorney-General and his officials for review.

The document titled: Reducing The Risk of Public Harm: The Practice of Landscape Architecture in Ontario, provides background on the practice of profession related to public safety, and specific examples of where strengthened legislation would add protection of the public.

This paper has been particularly helpful in subsequent discussions with the government and will be used in future meetings.

OALA Members may also access the document in the Members Area under the Practice Act Section.

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OALA Golf Day – August 11, 2017

Plan to attend this fun annual event! Spend a beautiful day outdoors while practising your golf skills in a relaxed tournament setting among beautiful scenery. Mingle with members and sponsors, participate in great activities and win prizes! OALA Members are encouraged to invite Associate Members and Students to participate as well!

Friday, August 11, 2017
Royal Ontario Golf Club

Tournament Fees Include:
BBQ Lunch | Green fees | Power cart | Competitions | Banquet dinner
Fun and prizes for duffers and pros alike!

Registration: 11:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Shot Gun Tee Off: 1:00 p.m.
Dinner, Drinks & Prizes: 6:00 p.m.

All proceeds from the day are donated to the Universities of Toronto and Guelph Endowment Funds.

Not a golfer? Come out and join your fellow OALA members for dinner after the tournament. Volunteers are also needed to help run the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sarah at the OALA.

We look forward to seeing you, rain or shine!

Registration is now closed. 

Thank you to our Sponsors:

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OALA in Canadian Landscapes Portfolio Collections

Underpass Park
Nathan Brightbill

The Ontario Portfolio is as varied as the province’s many regions and although there is not a typical landscape, Ontarians will recognize and respond to the deeply engrained symbolism expressed in the collection. The designed landscapes of Ontario provide powerful ideas about place and identity.

To view the selected images is to see the interaction of humans and their environment through the lens of ‘landscape’. These are designed and constructed landscapes, resulting from cumulative and shared values. The places are expressions of cultural values that layer, change and evolve over time.

A landscape architect’s work is to understand and shape environments. The profession improves the land by applying aesthetic and technical rigor. Marginal sites are enhanced and a new future is made possible through design. Sites like highway underpasses, former shipping, warehousing and manufacturing lands, abandoned properties, forgotten floodplains; these landscapes become valued and valuable – significant – through the practice of landscape architecture.

The OALA featured site, Underpass Park, transformed a previously underused and derelict highway underpass into an urban amenity. The park features a number of areas designed to encourage both passive and active recreation and incorporates public artwork, sculpture and landscape plantings. It responds to the nature of the site in a new way that results in the betterment of the well-being of the community.

The Ontario Portfolio highlights a re-thinking and re-imagining of landscape in order to create connections, forge new links, transform, renew and inspire. These are some of the considerations behind this year’s selections for the Canadian Landscape Portfolio. This collection of images recognizes the significance of designed landscapes that make up the great cities, streets, parks and open spaces that protect vital and resilient natural environments and healthy communities in the province we call ‘home’.

–  Sarah Culp – CSLA Board Member (Ontario)

Click here to view all of the OALA Entries.

Click here to view the entire CSLA collection. 

The third edition of the Canadian Landscape Portfolio is now accepting submissions.

For more information on the theme and how to submit, click here. 

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LARE Study Group July 15th Session

LARE Study Group

Organised and presented by OALA Associate Representatives Justin Whalen and Trish Clarke

When: 10 am – 3:00 pm

Location: ROOM 240 – University of Toronto, NEW BUILDING –
1 Spadina Crescent Toronto, ON M5S 2J5

  • East Side entrance off of Russell St.When you enter turn left down the corridor until you go through a door which will take you to the old part of the building, head left and you can either take the main stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor.  ROOM 240 is in the right hand side in the corner.
  • Remote Option via AdobeConnect

AGENDA:

10:15 – 10:55 Intro to the LAREs

11:00 – 11:45 / Section 1

11:55 – 12:40 / Section 2

12:45 – 1:15 / Lunch

1:20 – 2:05 / Section 3

2:15 – 3:00 / Section 4

TO REGISTER (FREE OF CHARGE) please email the registrar, Ingrid Little, at registrar@oala.ca

CONFIRMATION:

We will send a confirmation email to all those that registered during the week of July 10-14.

MORE INFO: for more information contact the registrar, Ingrid Little.

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2017 World Design Congress and Summit

IFLA, CSLA, AAPQ and the World

October 16October 25

The World Design Summit – Montréal 2017 (WDS) is an unprecedented international gathering of diverse disciplines with a common focus: how design can shape the built environment of the future. Montréal will host design professionals, government and business leaders, industry representatives, media and NGOs from around the world. For 10 days, attendees will come together to transcend silos, foster cooperation and enhance professional development. More than a mere celebration of design, the summit will demonstrate the tremendous power of design to create viable solutions to global social, economic, cultural and environmental challenges.

The Summit will be an occasion for design professionals to enhance the visibility of their respective disciplines, to promote design as a key social and economic driver, and to engage with decision-makers, industry representatives, the media and the general public.

Click here for more information and registration details: http://www.csla-aapc.ca/events/2017-congress-world-design-summit 

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A Night at the Ballpark 2017

As summer approaches, the days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. Time now to dust off your caps and mitts, as it’s BASEBALL SEASON!

The OALA Social Committee will be hosting a “Night at the Ball Park”
on Wednesday, June 28, 2017
at the Roger’s Centre in Toronto
as the Blue Jays battle against the Baltimore Orioles.
First pitch is 7:07pm

The pre-game meeting and ticket pickup will return to the Steamwhistle Brewery located across from the Rogers Centre. Attendees are welcome to join the group for before the game, starting at 5:30pm.

Once again, we are down in the 200 level seats!

Bring your co-workers, friends, family, or any other summer-enthusiasts and come on down for a bat-flipping good time!

Click below to purchase your tickets:

 

2017 OALA Blue Jays Game:
$55 (includes HST)

 

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OALA Bowling Night

The Social Committee is excited to announce the first Bowling Night at:

The Ballroom
145 John St
Toronto, ON

Shine up your bowling balls and work on your form for a night of bowling, pool, prizes, food & drink!

Come dressed in your best retro bowling gear, as there are prizes for best individual or team costume! 

$20 ticket includes bowling, shoe rental, 1 drink ticket and snacks.

Please note: this event is now sold out and registration is now closed.

Spots may still open up over the next week!
Please email Sarah at the OALA to be put on a wait list and we will notify you if spots become available.

If you wish to attend and not bowl, please email Sarah and she can register you at a ticket rate of $10.  

Thank you to our sponsors:

                   

 

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Grow Op 2017

Explore 4 Floors of Earth Inspired Installations at Toronto’s Greenest Art Exhibition

Why do we leave the comforts of our home to go camping in a tent? Why do we bring plants and animals in our homes to share our lives with us? What is left after a forest fire? A flood? A drought?

Grow Op 2017 celebrates its fifth year as an exhibition of art and design that cultivates ideas across a broad range of disciplines, examining how humans and other species live within and without natural systems of growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay and life.

Grow Op’s installation works engage participants through sight, touch, sound, and taste to create a landscape of immersive experience. Many works this year combine creative practitioners such as: artists, biologists, historians, anthropologists, musicians, botanists, architects, poets, craftspeople, chefs, geographers, filmmakers, ecologists, performers, landscape architects, writers, planners, agriculturalists and more!

The OALA will once again be sponsoring the event, awarding a $1000 award to one of the participants. The OALA’s Ground Magazine will also have a table featured at the Sunday Gets Dirtier fair.

This year’s exhibition is curated by Christine Leu and Alan Webb of LeuWebb Projects with Lukus Toane. 

Tickets available here. 

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Ground Online EXCLUSIVE Content: Grow Op 2017

TEXT BY TODD SMITH, OALA, CSLA

Grow Op 2017 opens this week at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. GROUND talked with the curator and some of the exhibitors.

THE CURATOR

LeuWebb Projects returns to curate Grow Op 2017, the fifth year of this exhibition of landscape, urbanism and contemporary art. GROUND sat down with Christine Leu (CL) to talk about this year’s offerings and what she hopes for the event.

Click here to read the entire article. 

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University of Guelph – New SEDRD Director Named

Prof. Sean Kelly, OALA has been appointed as the new director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) effective January 1, 2017.

“I cannot think of a more exciting time to undertake this leadership role for SEDRD,” shares Prof. Kelly. “This school has some of the most reputable programs in Canada and it’s anticipated that the next five years will bring some unprecedented changes with faculty, curriculum and facilities.”

“Working with our current faculty, staff, the College and the University community continues to be very rewarding for me and I am honoured with this new role, as we collectively embrace evolution within SEDRD,” he adds.

Prof. Kelly joined the SEDRD faculty in 2006. As a landscape architect and community planner he focuses on ‘physical design’ supporting community development, public health and leisure services for rural, remote, small destination and amenity communities.

“Sean is an excellent and dedicated teacher. I know he will show the same dedication to this new leadership role,” says Rene Van Acker, Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College. “His professional skills and experience will also support his success in this position and, in turn, the success of SEDRD.”

Prof. Kelly received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) from the University of Guelph in 1989 followed by his M.Sc. in rural planning and development in 1995.  Prior to officially joining the faculty he was a sessional instructor between 1998 and 2006. He has worked as a Landscape Architect and planner for over 25 years and holds full membership with the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects and is an Associate Member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.

He has supervised over 40 masters students and served as the BLA Program Coordinator since 2013. Throughout his career he has won many industry awards and honours. Sean recently received the University of Guelph Student Senate Caucus/Undergraduate Academic Award for the Contribution of Teaching in 2014 and the University of Guelph Faculty Association Distinguished Professor Award in 2010.

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Grey to Green Conference

Explore the latest performance, economic valuation, design, policy, and technology from Canada, the US, and worldwide. Join fellow green infrastructure professionals and help shape a healthier and more resilient future at the Grey to Green Conference: Quantifying Green Infrastructure Performance, May 8-10, in Toronto, ON.

What can you expect from this year’s Grey to Green Conference?

  • Opportunities to meet and learn from world-renowned landscape designers, policy makers, and green infrastructure leaders.
  • Exceptional networking opportunity on the trade show floor.
  • Exclusive training courses with coordinated tours led by industry experts.
  • A new location that’s easy to get to and from, comfortable break-out rooms, and consolidated trade show so you can see ALL exhibitors easily.
Register Now

The Grey to Green Conference early bird has been extended until next Monday (March 20)!

 

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The AODA Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces

GAATES is pleased to present & offer a self-directed distance education course to OALA members on recent Ontario regulatory changes that will have a significant impact on landscape architects. Click the image below to learn more. 
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Click here for more information.

Click here to register.

Questions?
Contact: Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)
Email :
info@gaates.org
Tel : +1-613-725-0566 (9am – 5pm ET)

 

 

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2017 OALA AGM & Conference

Celebrate Canada’s 150th year in Ottawa at the OALA AGM & Conference.

The AGM & Conference will be held in the City of Ottawa Council Chambers, Jean Pigott Place, and Councillors Lounge from March 31 – April 1.

110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1

Registration is now closed

(March 23rd, 12pm)

 

AGM ONLY – NOTE: there is no charge for members to attend the AGM only (no meals or conference activities). If you would like to attend the AGM only, please email Sarah at the OALA office to register your name. You may also purchase any additional activities such as reception or tour tickets by email as well.

PLEASE NOTE: Photographs may be taken at this event. If you do not consent to your photograph being used in future OALA distributions, please notify this to the OALA office after you have registered. Thank you.

 

Please travel to the following links for more details:

Conference Schedule and Speaker Bios

Hotel Information

After Party Details

CSLA AGM Information

Saturday Tour Information

 

Thank you to our sponsors:

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