PLANNING & ANALYSIS – Regional Citation Award
This is a successful, high-profile project in which landscape architects played an important role. Our role was made that much more important because of the significant heritage, aesthetic and recreational sensitivities associated with the Rideau Canal in the National Capital. As key members of an inter-disciplinary team, landscape architects joined with architects, engineers and heritage experts to orchestrate a process that fulfilled the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. Not only does this process demand great analytical and planning rigour, it also requires extensive stakeholder and public consultation. Actively participating in this intensive process increased the public profile of the landscape architectural profession, and provided a public forum in which the priorities and preoccupations of landscape architects were brought to the fore and given high regard. In conclusion, the project outcome received a high level of support from the general public as well as from design review panels at the national level.