University of Calgary

Landscape as infrastructure: rethinking urban resources

The Design Matters lecture series challenges the community to broaden its thinking on a number of design-related issues. This month, the series welcomes DTAH’s Bryce Miranda for a lecture held at a special location: the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts.

A multidisciplinary firm of architects, landscape architects and planners, DTAH adds to the traditional infrastructure through projects that respond to storm water management, pedestrian environments, open space planning, and beyond. 

Miranda is a landscape architect and urban designer. He is the recipient of several CSLA, OALA and City of Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Awards, was selected Canadian New Voice for Immersive Space in Digifest, and has received the Reach for Excellence Award from Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Currently, Miranda is project director for the Bayside development in the East Bayfront lands on Toronto’s waterfront as well as for overall planning efforts for the East Bayfront Precinct. He is also directing key revitalization projects in Toronto, such as the Lower Don River Trail, East Riverdale Park, and the implementation of the John Street Cultural Corridor.

Miranda’s lecture, Landscape as Infrastructure, will illustrate how landscape architecture has become an essential resource in projects such as Evergreen Brick Works, East Bayfront on Toronto’s Waterfront, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

The term infrastructure has been used since the early 20th century to refer collectively to the roads, bridges, rail lines, communication systems, water, waste and storm water lines that are required for modern cities to function.  Landscape infrastructure is the shift to incorporate and integrate these traditional infrastructure systems into landscape environments. 

New opportunities to consider landscape as infrastructure have been implemented and become vital to the basic physical and organizational structures in today’s society, and landscape infrastructure as a methodology is characteristic of many of the projects at DTAH.  In this relevant and timely lecture, Miranda will examine recent projects that embrace this new way of thinking and living in today’s urban environments.

EVDS anticipates offering a Master of Landscape Architecture Program in the fall of 2015.

Join EVDS in the Engineered Air Theatre at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts (205 8 Avenue SE) at 6:00pm as Bryce explores real-world projects that implement this innovative way of thinking about urban landscapes.