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.

You can have your park and eat it, too: designing a public food forest for a Winnipeg park

Reenders, Nicole

2021-09-09

The industrialization and commodification of the food system has brought about unintended environmental, social, and psychological consequences: ecosystems have been degraded, food-related traditions and social ties have been lost, and food illiteracy is on the rise as urbanized society becomes increasingly distanced from the processes of food prod . . .

Fluid Relations: Reframing waters on the edge of the Red River

McPherson, Evan

2021-08-26

This practicum will explore the relationship between water and people through the design of two water gardens along the Red River in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Each garden will reinterpret and express a new poetics of Winnipeg water through a phenomenological, relational reading of the Red River. The gardens will be situated between the Canadian Museum fo . . .

Rethinking water drainage in a prairie landscape: Seine River Diversion

Kumar, Kartik

2021-08-13

This practicum focuses on improving the ecological conditions of the Seine River Diversion located near the city of Winnipeg. The Diversion is one of Manitoba’s many engineered drainage infrastructures with poor water quality, lacking in biodiversity and habitat. The main objectives of the practicum are improving the water quality in the Diversion, . . .

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 . . .

Life after hell: restoring hope & self-sufficiency in Red Deer's Michener North

Noselski, Karissa

2021-03-31

This practicum explores Red Deer’s vacant Michener North and its potential to become an educational and interpretive community resource and urban agriculture hub. The 132.2-acre site has a controversial past, operating as a mental health institution in central Alberta for well over 60 years. It was closed for good in 2014, with access to the public . . .

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 . . .