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Daniels B.E.S.T. Lecture: Victoria Taylor "Landscape Punctures"

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On March 10, 2016, Victoria Taylor presented her lecture "Landscape Punctures" at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Landscape puncture is a design strategy inspired by the natural ecologies of vacant lots and the urgent need to rethink urban stormwater management. Landscape puncture is a small scale intervention with a potential for large scale positive impact that re-envisions the ecological and hydrologic possibilites of the urban hardscape. Toronto-based landscape architect, Victoria Taylor presents the development of these ideas and share work that integrates the landscape puncture strategy into a studio practice and client projects.

Victoria Taylor Landscape Architect /VTLA designs spaces informed and inspired by context, ecology, community engagement and social and horticultural possibilities. With over two decades of experience, Victoria Taylor brings extensive knowledge in planting design, master plan development, food gardens, project management, communications and construction design. She holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture (University of Toronto, 2008) and a Masters in Environmental Studies (York University, 1994). Victoria Taylor celebrates and challenges new dialogue around the design and experience of shared landscapes. She is the founding curator of Grow Op: the culture of landscape, an annual cross-disciplinary exhibition on landscape, urbanism and contemporary art. In Fall 2015, she joined with Toronto-based SPACE ANIMATOR to launch DeRAIL, a platform for site-specific contemporary art, architecture and performance along Toronto’s West Toronto Rail path. Victoria Taylor is a studio critic at the School of Architecture Waterloo University and the John H. Daniels Faculty for Landscape, Architecture and Design at the University of Toronto, and is a frequent contributor to GROUND, a quarterly landscape architecture journal. VTLA’s work has been featured in Toronto Life, Design Lines, NOW Magazine and The Torontoist.

The B.E.S.T. lecture series is proudly sponsored by Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance.

For more information about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, visit us at

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