OBITUARY: Michael Hough brought ecology to the cityscape

Mr. Hough, who died in January at 84, spent his career in pursuit of this ideal – the integration of cities with natural systems. As a young landscape architect in the 1960s, he helped lead that profession to combine urbanism and ecology, to think of human activity and nature as complementary and connected.


Concours d’aménagement paysager de l’APP


Les architectes paysagistes se sont illustrés à la 34e édition du Concours d’aménagement paysager de l’Association des paysagistes professionnels.

13 mars 2013 – L’Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec tient à souligner le travail de conception de ses membres dans les projets lauréats du concours d’aménagement paysager de l’APPQ. L’édition de cette année, s’est déroulée sous le thème Le jardin au cœur de la famille. Nous félicitons toutes les équipes gagnantes. 

Voici les architectes paysagistes membres et les bureaux accrédités de l’AAPQ impliqués dans les projets gagnants :

Fortier Marie-Andrée / Art et Jardins, Arrêter le temps

Art et Jardins,  simplement chic + Vivre dans les bois

Danie Savoie / Hodgins & Associés, Havre urbain + Un petit luxe

Christian Bilodeau + Stuart Webster, Jardin BCBG, Penthouse plus

Myke Hodgins / Hodgins & Associés, L’étang de la grenouille dorée

Aline Gravel, Ö

Karen Poupart / Hodgins & Associés, Fluidité dans la pierre

Richard Bélisle, Décor de Martinique

Stuart Webster, Rouge Pantone

Paysage Rodier, Vert industriel

Les détails et photos des projets sont disponibles

Informations : Katerine Boisclair, responsable des communications

AAPQ (514) 990-7731


Get Your “Green” On

Gardenwise Blog

Green Living  in 2012

A thoughtful way to live a greener life in the new year is to make your landscape eco-friendly and  plant trees.  Planting a tree is one of the most immediate green steps you can take as trees absorb CO2 and other dangerous gasses while replenishing the atmosphere with oxygen.

Canopy trees, and Deciduous trees that  grow tall and full in the summer, will add shade to your home and help it stay cool in the summer months.  They will also allow your home to absorb warm sun light in winter.   In  addition to being good for the environment, adding  these trees to your landscape is an  energy saving step that will lower the cost of cooling and heating your home.

Fruit bearing trees will also absorb dangerous gasses while replenishing oxygen,  and a plus is your garden becomes more  productive.   While  enjoying your favorite fruits and saving a little money at the grocery store, you can also  donate any extra fruit to those in need. Not only will you…

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Call for Nomination, – Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2014

Nominations for the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2014 will be closing soon.
Cities can be nominated through a 2-stage process.

Cities can be nominated by independent third parties who are leading academics, government officials and heads of international organisations in the fields of urban planning, housing, transport management, urban design and architecture, energy conservation, urban policy and management and any other relevant fields. Nominations are also accepted from non-government organisations and academic institutions. More

Closing date: 29 March 2013 (Friday, 6pm Singapore time)

Nominated cities will have to submit a report that fully demonstrates the sustained and durable transformation at city-wide level and the success of the overall master plan or strategy for the city through key demonstration projects (up to a maximum of three projects). More

Closing date: 31 May 2013 (Friday, 6pm Singapore time)

The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is a biennial international award that honours outstanding achievements and contributions to the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world. The Prize seeks to recognise cities and their key leaders and organisations for displaying foresight, good governance and innovation in tackling the many urban challenges faced, to bring about social, economic and environmental benefits in a holistic way to their communities.

The Prize Laureate will be presented with an award certificate, a gold medallion and a cash prize of S$300,000, sponsored by Keppel Corporation. The Prize will be presented at Lee Kuan Yew Prize Award Ceremony & Banquet held during the World Cities Summit in Singapore from 1 – 4 June 2014.

For more information, contact the Prize Secretary, Mr Larry Ng Lye Hock at:
Tel:              +65 6321 6532

Favorable Effect of Climate Change

Passing Through . . . .

Climate change might open up Northwest Passage to shipping by the middle of the century.

By Ashutosh Jogalekar | March 6, 2013 |

Investigating what is sometimes seen as one of the more favorable effects of climate change, a pair of scientists from UCLA has done a careful analysis of the melting of Arctic sea ice and concluded that it could lead to ships traversing the ice-free Northwest Passage (NWP) by 2050. It would also lead to much shorter transit times through the existing North Sea Passage (NSR). These developments may greatly reduce the time and cost of shipping but would also lead to unforeseen economic and geopolitical complications. The study looked at estimates of sea ice melting – gathered from both models and observations including satellite measurements – and then used seven different climate models to calculate the decrease in sea ice and its impact on shipping over the…

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Lovely Bones are GardenWise

Gardenwise Blog

Late spring is a great time to take a close look at your garden to decide where you need to make some changes.  Truly memorable gardens get their character from lovely bones — benches, water features, garden accents,  sculptures, containers and planters,  stone work, arbors/pergolas, custom fences and gates, terraces, patios,  garden  lighting, and edging around  your plant beds.
Many first time gardeners are often surprised and discouraged when they find their  lovely  and very expensive collection of plants are nothing more than too many random plants piled together in a forgetable outdoor space.  Take the time out now to think about your garden’s bone structure.  
When you add architectural elements to your garden spaces that can include a bench, stone accents, an arbor, landscape lighting, a patio of flagstone, and a curving stone path to lead to your large grouping of beautiful plants, your  garden will come to life, and you’ll forever change your home life.

GardenWise project in McLean, VA

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