British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects

British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects

May 24, 2006 09:00 ET

'Shifting Ground' Explores the Creative Potential of Contaminated Industrial Sites as CSLA and CELA Hold a Conference on Urban Design and Development June 14-17, 2006

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 24, 2006) - 'Shifting Ground, Landscape Architecture in the Age of the New Normal' is a joint conference on urban design and development, co-hosted by The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) in Vancouver, BC.

Shifting Ground speakers will feature prominent Canadian political and cultural theorists John Ralston Saul and Mark Kingwell, local experts in planning and urban design Larry Beasley, Vancouver's Co-Director of Planning, and Gordon Price, Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University, and architectural critic, Trevor Boddy. Other speakers include Leonie Sandercock of UBC, author of Cosmopolis 2: Mongrel Cities of the 21st Century, Marc Imhoff, Principal Investigator in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) Carbon Cycle Science and Land Cover Land Use Change Programs, studying the effects of urbanization on biodiversity, food security, and climate, and Mike Houck, Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute in Portland Oregon.

Shifting Ground will also feature landscape architects Julie Bargmann from Virginia whose work explores the creative potential in contaminated industrial sites, and Tom Leader from California, designer of Longacre Park in Seattle, and the Asahikawa River Park in Japan. Speakers also include notable Canadian landscape architects, Ron Williams and Vincent Asselin, whose recent work in Shanghai, China is creating extraordinary new public spaces that challenge both physical and cultural assumptions in an international context.

The Shifting Ground conference will include Super Saturday: a unique Interdisciplinary event co-hosted by the Canadian Architects and Planners that that is planning on creating a valuable legacy program for WUF 4. Super Saturday is a unique day of inter-disciplinary professional development activities jointly presented by the respective associations in Landscape Architecture, Planning & Architecture. Day time activities include highly informative sessions, presentations, workshops and a design charrette, as well as mobile workshops and tours, followed by an evening gala reception and keynote speaker - the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada. Other presenters include: Dr. Marc Imoff (NASA); Patrick Condon (UBC); Cornelia Oberlander; Mark Holland; Lisa Rochon (Architectural Columnist, Globe & Mail); and more. Additional details are available at

For more information on Shifting Ground and Super Saturday visit the conference website at

The BC Society of Landscape Architects is a professional organization dedicated to furthering standards of landscape architectural practice, and advancing knowledge and skills relating to landscape planning, design and management. For more information, please visit the BCSLA website at or e-mail

Portions of the program are generously sponsored by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia (REF).

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