News (April 01, 2003)


CSLA Professional Awards 2003

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) has announced the winners of the 2003 CSLA Professional Awards Program. Awards are bestowed in several categories: Design, Planning and Analysis, Landscape Management, Communication, Research, and New Directions for Professional Practice. National Honour Awards were given to Neil Dawe of the Grand Concourse Authority of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador for The Grand Concourse Walkway Network; Garth Balls at Landplan Associates Ltd. of Calgary for the Shaw Millennium Park (see CA, July 2002); and to Tom Barratt Ltd. and Jan Jansen of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games Bid. National Merit Awards went to Durante Kreuk Ltd. of Vancouver for the Arbutus Walk; Faye Langmaid at the City of Windsor, Ontario for the Windsor Central Riverfront Implementation Plan; Claude Cormier architectes paysagistes of Montreal for the Lipstick Forest; Mario Masson at the City of Montreal’s Direction des parcs et espaces verts for the Jardin du Chteau de Ramezay; and Landplan Associates Ltd. of Guelph, Ontario for the Gems of Barbados. National Citation Awards went to Dianna Gerrard Landscape Architecture and Architects Alliance of Toronto for the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Site Design (see CA, December 2002); BDA Ltd. Landscape Architects of Sussex, New Brunswick for “Sharing Lessons Learned–What Makes a Sustainable Community Tourism Destination” and Cecelia Paine and James Taylor of the University of Guelph for the promotional CD, Canadian Impressions/Impressions canadiennes.


Architects for National Portrait Gallery.

The design of a new National Portrait Gallery has been awarded to Cole & Associates Architects Inc. of Ottawa, Teeple Architects Inc. of Toronto and Jeremy Dixon/ Edward Jones of the United Kingdom. The facility will be housed at 100 Wellington Street in Ottawa, in the former U.S. Embassy, designed by New York architect Cass Gilbert in 1931. Gilbert was best known for his design of the gothic-styled Woolworth Building in New York, one of the city’s first skyscrapers. The project will include virtual access and public activities, and further connect visitors to Canadian heritage through its location on an important site across from the Parliament buildings, joining a prestigious network of federal cultural agencies that are located along Ottawa’s Confederation Boulevard. Edward Jones, in partnership with Michael Kirkland (Jones and Kirkland Architects) was the architect for Mississauga, Ontario’s City Hall. Stephen Teeple worked in the Jones and Kirkland office worked on the City Hall at the time.

LMDC selects Libeskind design.

In February the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) announced the selection of Memory Foundations by Studio Daniel Libeskind as the new design for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site destroyed on September 11, 2001. Libeskind has designed Berlin’s Jewish Museum, and has been selected to redesign the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto (see CA, May 2002). The work for the WTC, Memory Foundations, leaves portions of the slurry wall exposed as a symbol of strength and endurance while reserving a setting for the memorial and museum in an area known as the bathtub. A 1,776-foot tall spire, to be the tallest in the world, will help create a new skyline for Lower Manhattan.

Surrey Arts Centre.

Proscenium Architecture + Interiors of Vancouver has redeveloped the Surrey Arts Centre with a new $5.8 million addition that has created a single, cohesive project and a new urban presence. It provides a pedestrian connection from the street to a nearby park via an internal “street,” an extension of the existing gallery/lobby. The exposed structure and building services of the existing were carried through into the new building while the detailing in the new were introduced back into the old. Major new features include a Class A gallery for the visual arts, a public program space for lectures and other functions, three visual arts classrooms, a gift shop, space for docents, a new 150-seat studio theatre and an expanded administration block. The redeveloped Centre houses 55,000 square feet on three levels.