Canadian landscape architecture is distinct because of the unique qualities of the Canadian terrain and the particular relationship that Canadians hold with the landscapes of our nation. The concept of wilderness remains a sustaining identity for Canadians at home and abroad.
Innate Terrain addresses the varied perceptions of Canada’s natural terrain, framing the discussion in the context of landscapes designed by Canadian landscape architects. This edited collection draws on contemporary works to theorize a distinct approach practiced by Canadian landscape architects from across the country. The essays – authored by Canadian scholars and practitioners, some of whom are Indigenous or have worked closely with Indigenous communities – are united by the argument that Canadian landscape architecture is intrinsically linked to the innate qualities of the surrounding terrain.
Beautifully illustrated, Innate Terrain aims to capture distinct regional qualities that are rooted in the broader context of the Canadian landscape.
About the author
Alissa North is an associate professor in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.