Research

Landscape architecture research in Canada is as diverse as the country’s topography. The landscape is a complex cultural and environmental entity that is in a constant state of flux. Resource extraction and site contamination have impacted our varied regional and urban contexts. These problems occur, at different scales, across the country and there is a wealth of knowledge held in separate institutions. Furthermore, our historical use of the land, and population and climate fluctuations including urban growth influence how we evaluate the health/well-being of the land and its users and design for the future. Our hope is that this design research network will unite researchers with a common interest in the landscape to appraise and generate methodologies and projects related to shared research questions. The Land|Terre Design Research Network (LT Design Research Network) is a forum for Canadian landscape research. 

 Our hope is that this landscape   design research network will   unite researchers with a   common interest in the   Canadian landscape to   collaborate, sharing methods   processes and projects related   to shared research questions. 

The country’s landscape architecture schools are housed in different disciplinary faculties, offering an immediate opportunity to expand the network into interdisciplinary research. Researchers address complex cultural and environmental issues that bridge social, cultural, scientific, political and economic knowledge. Collaboration is crucial. Academics and practitioners arrive at the discipline with backgrounds ranging from arts and philosophy to pure and technical science. The approaches to such a multi-faceted discipline vary widely as well. Methodologies in landscape architecture research include analyzing great public spaces (Tate and Eaton, 2015) and associating health benefits of risk for children at play (Brussoni, Ishikawa,  Brunelle, and Herrington, 2017). They include how landscapes change over time using morphological analysis (Sandalack and Uribe 2016, Landman 2015, North 2012), and sustainable futures (Landman 2015). Research methods also contribute to contemporary theory (North 2018), the evaluation of modern landscape heritage (Valois 2012, Valois 2015) and making sense of place by analyzing photographs (Braiden, 2016). 

 
STUDENT RESEARCH

Search or browse through research completed by MLA graduates at the University of Manitoba. Our goal is to create a collective research database for all Landscape Architecture programs across Canada.

Out of sight: revealing the restorative nature of northern Manitoba

Vermeulen, Vanessa

2021-04-01

This landscape architecture practicum proposes a restorative trail adjacent to Manitoba Provincial Road (PR) 391, the most northern all-season highway in Manitoba, connecting the town of Lynn Lake to the city of Thompson. The project examines the crucial role that the route plays in the transportation of northern Manitobans to health care facilitie . . .

Arsenic + fool's gold _ portraying a mined landscape in northern Manitoba

Sivagurunathan, Dilaxshy

2021-01-08

Northern Manitoba has a fragile and complex environment that is rich in diversity but is disregarded in many ways by the province. Being built around the mining industry, much of the recorded history surrounding the Town of Snow Lake emphasizes post-colonial times with industry-specific details. This practicum aims to uncover the overlooked and hid . . .

Drawing outside the line: green heritage in the rural-urban fringe

Lewicki, Brydget

2021-01-05

Within the discipline of landscape architecture, there has been limited reflection on or contribution to the state of the rural-urban fringe, where city meets country. Conventional planning frameworks have left the rural-urban fringe as a site for abrupt visual and programmatic changes. This work introduces this unique spatial interface and highlig . . .

A landform-based approach to noogenesis

Tremblay, Evan

2021-01-05

Insights into the creation of radical new assemblages of humans, technologies, ecosystems, and landforms, together forming symbiotic polities is more than an ideal; in the Anthropocene, this is a precondition of survival. This practicum seeks to apply landscape architecture to the phenomenon problem of Noogenesis, “the growth, outside and above the . . .

Redefining waterscapes: in contemporary urban communities in Shanghai, China

Yang, Dicong

2020-09-09

The major concern of the practicum is to investigate the ecological value of community waterscapes in urban Shanghai, China, and its approaches. The practicum explores changes in water ecosystems and related water issues during human society development, as well as advanced landscape theories regarding water resources management to address these is . . .

Landfill to landmark: unearthing the waste[d] potential of an operational disposal site

Renwick, Krista

2020-08-26

Canada is one of the largest producers of waste in the world, creating approximately 25 million tonnes, or 688 kilograms per person in 2016; much of this waste is destined for landfills (Kaza, et al., 2018). Contemporary landfill design focuses on mitigating the potentially harmful effects of waste on human health and safety, environmental protecti . . .