If interest in landscape is spreading, professional and researcher expertise remains largely focused on exceptional landscapes - such as Charlevoix, Gaspésie and Memphremagog. However, most of Quebec’s territory offers "landscapes of the ordinary " or landscapes not yet the subject of a broad social consensus for their quality, value and need for protection.
In the fall of 2005, we asked students of the "Regional Area " workshop of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Montreal:
- What are the most significant components of these landscapes?
- How do we ensure their knowledge and understanding?
- What can we do with them? What should we do with them? How should we do it?
Projects conducted in this workshop led to "10 land-use planning projects" gathered in this book. Each project offers a vision – somewhere between realism and utopia - of what could or should be the “landscape of the ordinary” in 10, 15 or 20 years. Interestingly, these projects demonstrate the richness of these unknown landscapes. Most importantly, the projects deserve attention for their value and the importance of the subject.