COMMUNICATIONS EXCELLENCE AWARD
Joshua Llaneza, Student ASLA, Jennifer Rueda, Student ASLA, Courtney Embrey, Student ASLA, Mitch Howard, Student ASLA, Lancelot Hunter, Student ASLA, Joel Carrasco, Student ASLA, Bahar Mahgerefteh, Student ASLA, Judy Lee, Student ASLA and Kimberley Kearney, Student ASLA
State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona,
Faculty Advisors: Andrew Wilcox; James Becerra
SUBSURFACE is a collective body of student
work from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona;
Department of Landscape Architecture.
SUBSURFACE magazine provides the initial
link in a network of thought. It is a showcase of images
and words, addressing the issues that concern students,
academics, and professionals within our chosen field.
SUBSURFACE begins to scratch the surface
of current and future issues that affect the field of
This all started in the spring quarter
of my senior year. The studio project was based on the
United States Green Building Council (US¬GBC) competition;
with goals of reintegrating underused structures into
the community, based on the Los Angeles City Master
Plan goals that align themselves closely with the skills
and talents that are most familiar to landscape architects.
Although this was an architecture based competition,
it provided an opportunity for landscape architecture
students to engage larger issues in community-based
The project site was the old Lincoln-Heights
Jail, uniquely situated at the confluence of the Arroyo
Seco and the Los Angeles River, in Los Angeles, California.
After some research and a site visit, I had some rough
conceptual design ideas. Next I set off to find some
case studies, which could offer guidance from successful
projects of similar intent, site challenges, and structure.
Landscape Architecture Magazine is the most accessible
resource for built projects in our field, so that was
a logical place to begin my search for case studies.
After searching three year’s worth of publications,
all I could find were a mere three articles that related
to my project. Although these were helpful to a degree,
I was looking for more substantial and in depth coverage
of contemporary projects.
A classmate pointed out the discrepancy
between the amount of magazine publications that architects
have compared to landscape architects. There are numerous
titles including Dwell, Praxis, Architecture Review,
Architectural Record, and Architectural Digest. Our
college library subscribed to these architecture magazines,
but I also began to notice a number of publications
from schools from all over the country that were showcasing
student work as well as scholarly articles. These publications
not only served as another resource for students to
find current projects, themes, styles, ideas, and theories
in our field, but also as an explicit form of propaganda
for that particular institution.
All of a sudden fireworks started going off in my brain.
Where’s our magazine? Where’s our resource?
Where is our voice?
And, as they say, the rest is history…
I n t e n t
As a “going away present”
to our university, the landscape architecture undergraduate
class of 2008 has published this magazine, SUBSURFACE.
It is our intention that every year the senior undergraduate
class will create an issue of SUBSURFACE that reflects
current and future concerns, opinions, and theories
of landscape architecture.
SUBSURFACE would become an archived publication
that could be readily available for student reference
from our design library. This archive will become a
testament of the skills, knowledge, diversity of topics
covered, and creativity of our university’s landscape
architecture student body.
A u d i e n c e + D i s t r i
b u t i o n
SUBSURFACE is primarily geared towards
landscape architecture students, yet, can appeal to
a broad range of design students, design professionals,
and the general public because the language of design
should be universal.
SUBSURFACE will be available in one of
two ways. For a marginal subscription, individuals can
enjoy the traditional magazine format, or a paperless
online version, where the individual can access the
F u t u r e
As an annual publication, SUBSURFACE has
the ability to be a time capsule, where each issue is
a glimpse into the field of landscape architecture at
a given point in time. Every issue will be a collection
of current trends and ideas in the field of landscape
architecture. The energy will be coming from the front
lines - the senior undergraduate class. The graduating
students will have the freedom to write about pressing
issues of their time. Twenty years from now, it will
be humbling, yet inspiring to examine the archive of
SUBSURFACE, and see the pattern of interest shift and
evolve within the field of landscape architecture. Just
as the natural landscape is dynamic and in a constant
state of flux, SUBSURFACE is poised to be an enduring
and relevant voice in the field of landscape architecture.