PLANDFORM is a creative studio working at the intersection of landscape, ecology, urbanism and planning. Based in Toronto, plandform engages research and practice as a platform to facilitate new synergies and creative collaborations between urban planning, ecology, the design disciplines and allied professions. We work laterally, using a design-research approach based on experiential learning, evidence-based practice and experimentation, at scales from the site to the region. With a global network of collaborators, the practice reaches abroad through publication, competitions, conferences, strategic vision and master planning.
Our current practice in planning and design-research is focused on strategies for adaptation and resilience, ecological urbanism, and the emerging role of landscape infrastructure and ecological processes in urbanising regions.
Nina-Marie Lister, Principal, MCIP, RPP, Affiliate ASLA
Nina-Marie Lister is the Founding Principal of plandform studio. A Registered Professional Planner (MCIP, RPP) with a background in landscape ecology and environmental planning, Lister’s career has spanned public and private sectors over 20 years, working with developers and designers, policy makers and planners. From the City of Toronto to the Ontario Ministry of Environment to Canada’s National Roundtable on Environment and Economy, her work is known for creative, effective and accessible integration of science and policy with planning and design. In 2006, she launched her creative studio practice to explore the relationship between landscape, ecology, and urbanism through an integrated design-research approach. Her research, teaching and professional practice work in synergy, and are currently focused on the resilience of landscape infrastructure and ecological processes within urbanising regions.
At Ryerson University, Lister founded and directs the Ecological Design Lab, a collaborative innovation incubator for ecological design research and practice, and an experimental generator in rapid prototyping for resilience. She is a member of the Ryerson Urban Water Centre where she contributes work on flood-friendly design and resilient water infrastructure.
She is co-editor of Projective Ecologies (with Chris Reed, Harvard and ACTAR Press, 2014) and The Ecosystem Approach: Complexity, Uncertainty, and Managing for Sustainability (with David Waltner-Toews and the late James Kay, Columbia University Press, 2008), and author of more than 40 professional practice and scholarly publications. These include recent contributions to Is Landscape…Essays on the Identity of Landscape (Routledge 2016), Ecological Urbanism (Harvard GSD with Lars Müller Publishers 2010), and Large Parks (Princeton Architectural Press 2008, winner of the J.B. Jackson Book Prize). She was Guest Editor of the Journal of Ecological Restoration for a special issue on landscape connectivity, and is a recent contributor to Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment to a special issue on climate change for the 100th anniversary of the Ecological Society of America.
Her work has also been featured in many international exhibitions, including the 2016 Venice Architectural Biennale in which Lister is a collaborator on Canada’s entry entitled EXTRACTION—a critical examination of Canada’s role as a global resource empire, featuring an installation, film and book exploring the ecologies and territories of resource extraction. Locally, Lister is curator and director of a public exhibition on wildlife, infrastructure and urbanism: XING (Re)Connecting landscapes launched in Toronto at Evergreen Brick Works in 2013 and is now on permanent exhibit at the Toronto Zoo.
In recognition of her international leadership in ecological design, Lister was awarded Honorary Membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Marta Brocki, Research Associate, Hons BA, BURPl
Marta is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning program at Ryerson University. She has been closely involved with the development of the XING: (Re)Connecting Landscapes project and continues to pursue her interests in the fields of landscape infrastructure, urbanism, and ecology through her work at Plandform.