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Symposium on landscape conservation : From principles to projects

Université de Montréal
28 octobre 2016

The Symposium on landscape conservation brought together experts from across Canada in the field of planning and long-term management of heritage landscapes. Seasoned practitioners, managers and academics shared their knowledge and practice during this one-day event in front of an audience of experts and students.

This initiative was based on the following assessment: over the years, practical approaches to landscape conservation have been nourished by research and, conversely, research work has often been based on the observation of practices aiming to preserve the values of a property or a place. Overall, this dynamic has contributed to greater expertise in the field of landscape conservation. However, opportunities to think collectively about the concepts, challenges and practical experiences in the field remain rare, in particular in relation to designed landscapes. The symposium was a way to share knowledge by means of case studies on interventions on historic places. The goal of the event was to foster closer relations in this field, and to stimulate reflection on the challenges of intervening on heritage landscapes such as public spaces, gardens and parks. Our hope is to promote sustained interactions between theoretical and practical approaches to landscape conservation in Canada.

The conservation of landscape architecture in Canada: a historical survey  

Ron Williams  
Full professor (retired), School of Landscape architecture
Faculté de l’aménagement, Université de Montréal

Standards and guidelines – practical tool for the management of landscape heritage

Marie-Claude Quessy
Conservation Landscape Architect
Public Services and Procurement Canada

The role of community advocacy in the conservation of cultural landscapes

Michelle Reid
Conservation Landscape Architect
Department of Parks, City of Calgary

Contemporary interventions in a heritage site: Montreal’s administrative district

Mathieu Drapeau
Landscape Architect
Department head, Ville de Montréal

Old/new – the revitalisation of Dorchester square and Canada place, Montreal 

Sophie Beaudoin
Landscape Architect
Claude Cormier + Associés inc.

Escales découvertes: planning and interpretation on Mount Royal

Peter Soland
Architect and Urban Designer

How do heritage values impact on the planning and management of historic places? 

Wendy Shearer 
Architecte paysagiste en conservation

Scientific committee: Nicole Valois, Nicholas Roquet and Christina Cameron

Research assistants: Martine Larouche, Chloé DeBlois and Antoine Paillassard

Volunteers: Nelly Chriswell Manana, Amaryllis Pelletier and Michèle Anne Storey 

Partners: Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation; Faculty of Environmental Design, Université de Montréal; Faculty of Arts and Science, Université de Montréal; Observatoire Ivanhoé Cambridge; Lemay