LAF Announces Green New Deal Superstudios

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) in association with the McHarg Center, the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) invites designers to be part of a historic, national event to translate the core goals of the Green New Deal—decarbonization, justice, and jobs—into design and planning projects for their respective regions.

The Superstudio is an open call for designs that spatially manifest the principles and policy ideas of the Green New Deal with regional and local specificity. A national climate plan like the Green New Deal will be understood by most people through the landscapes, buildings, infrastructures, and public works agenda that it inspires. The Superstudio is a concerted effort to give form and visual clarity to the scale, scope, and pace of transformation that the Green New Deal implies.

Superstudio participants will join a collaborative network of other participating studios that will have access to a design brief and supporting resources such as lectures, roundtable discussions, and reviews. The concepts and dialogue produced through the Superstudio will be catalogued as part of a curated collection to form a national vision for the Green New Deal that can support policy-makers and advocates to advance Green New Deal ideas and approaches. The Superstudio projects will also inform a national conversation on policy and design at a Summit convened by the Landscape Architecture Foundation in September 2021. All eligible submittals will be archived and used to form a curated collection for potential exhibits, articles, or content for congressional readership.

Participation in the Superstudio is open to graduate and undergraduate programs of landscape architecture, architecture, planning, and related fields as well as professional practices and individuals in these fields. Participants may also build teams and/or collaborate with other professions or academic programs and disciplines, community organizations, local firms, and other stakeholders. The approach, types of projects, pedagogical method, and how the projects manifest the ethos of the Green New Deal are at the discretion of each studio.

The Superstudio will run from Aug. 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Universities may participate in the Superstudio in the fall semester of 2020 and/or the spring semester of 2021. Other groups and individuals may participate on their own timeline as long as work is submitted by the June 30, deadline. (Green New Deal studios that took place before this call are encouraged to submit prior work.)

All studios that wish to participate must register in order to join the network of other participating studios and receive access to Superstudio resources, events, and opportunities. Final materials from the studios must be submitted by June 30, 2021.

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