GROUND UP Journal announces issue02: GRIT, Call for Submissions
10/17/2012 - 1/4/2013
Call for Submissions
GROUND UP is an annual print and web publication created by students
in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
at the University of California, Berkeley. Each
edition examines a critical theme arising from the tension between
contemporary landscape architecture, ecology, and pressing cultural
issues. We operate on an open call with invited entries from academics, practitioners, students, designers, scientists, and activists. Take part!
ISSUE 02: GRIT // CREATIVE RESOLVE IN DESIGN
Grit is from the ground, abrasive and coarse. Grit erodes and accrues.
Like sandpaper, Grit refines. Like the grain of sand that creates a
pearl, Grit is an agitator and catalyst. After peering into Landscapes
of Uncertainty, the second edition of GROUND UP explores Grit as a
quality, material, texture and approach for negotiating change in our
landscapes. Shifts in climate and society call for responses and
interventions grounded in creative resolve. What does the material
quality of Grit cultivate in design practice? Can the Grit of
localism, informal settlements, and guerrilla urbanism cross cultures
and/or scales? Can Grit appropriate prevailing power structures toward
the empowerment of the economically and ecologically vulnerable? How
does the friction of Grit in design create ground for collaboration
and when does it become too hot? Can the mutability of Grit translate
into resilience in design? Can Grit be used to navigate between human
desire for stable settlement and the inevitability of change?
SUBMISSION CRITERIA: We invite previously unpublished critical articles (2,500 word maximum), built or speculative work, graphic responses, mappings, data visualizations, photo essays, anecdotes, manifestos or poetry related to the current prompt. Please email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight, PST on January 4, 2013. For more information, visit www.groundupjournal.com.