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Journal of Architectural Education 74:1 H2O Call for Papers

Date: 6/26/2019 - 8/1/2019

Type: Call for Papers / Submissions

LA CES approved?: No

Location(s): District of Columbia

Description: As an expression of aesthetic luxury, water has found its way into architecture through reflective pools, festive fountains, and even suburban swimming pools. While deeply experiential, such treatment discounts the many pluralities and values that water holds. It is a natural resource, an ecosystem to be managed, and, even, a sacred element. From a celebratory role in one culture, water in another context, becomes a critical metric for human development. As an economy, it is a commodity to be sold, bought and fought for across personal, state and national borders. As the human race enters an epoch marked by critical water issues, how might its role and value be defined, re-defined and challenged through the built environment? Across scales, in projects ranging from modest to expansive, design reveals a culture’s attitude towards water. Indeed, values about water become subconsciously embedded in design proposals, reflecting a multiplicity of world-views. How, then, can deeply ingrained values about water be brought to the surface and challenged through the practice of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning? How can designers question and then craft changes in socio-cultural, religious, environmental, political and economic values regarding water?

This issue of the Journal of Architectural Education asks, how can design progressively negotiate these many pluralities across scales and concerns?

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