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The cover of the journal lunch 2: dialect.
The table of contents of the journal illustrates the diversity of material included.
This page from the article on the Learning Barge shows diagrams that pull the barge apart to explain how practical functions were sustainably and ecologically considered.
A spread from the piece about Watts Branch that includes work from landscape architecture, planning and architectural history students. The work communicates to design professionals, government officials and community members the history and ecological importance of the stream.
Student work on this page focuses on an environmental education center in the Watts Branch neighborhood that makes landscape processes of stormwater, composting and cultivation visible to kids in the community.
This page shows the collaborative process between graduate students and visiting professionals from the fields of engineering, daylighting, design, and material technology working to inform the development of student skyscraper designs and hone collaborative skills in an academic setting.
This collection of student work from the graduate and undergraduate course "Infolab" innovates methods of making complex data and information visible and easier to communicate.



lunch: dialect
Shanti Levy, Student ASLA, David Malda, Student ASLA and Ryan Moody, Student ASLA
University of Virginia School of Architecture, Charlottesville, VA
Faculty Advisors: Elizabeth K. Meyer, FASLA, and Phoebe Crisman

"This is a very strong online journal. It's beautifully presented with strong graphics and good design framing important content. This would be a great model for other universities."

— 2007 Student Awards Jury Comments

Project Statement

lunch 2: dialect is the second volume of a student initiated and student run publication. This issue of the journal explores the issue of communication between landscape architecture and architecture as well as the related fields of environmental planning and architectural history. The journal further seeks to engage communication within the school and connect it with the extended alumni network. Finally, through expanded dissemination it achieves an outlet for the voice of our work and community.

Project Narrative

lunch: the journal

The term ‘lunch’ is an informal derivation of the word luncheon. lunch is inspired by chance – by chance discussions that grow from a meal in a shared setting and by chance discussions that alter or challenge views of the space and place we inhabit. lunch provides for the meeting of diverse voices in common place tended by a casual atmosphere. To lunch suggests an escape from the day’s work; perhaps even a break.

Intrepid thoughts, influential experiments, and accomplished works race through our place of practice. How often is such work limited by insular conversation and isolated presentation? As a reaction to these limits, we present lunch. The works collected in lunch mix a range of studies, conversations, drawings, statements and stories that together aspire to reflect an experience of our School of Architecture.

The first issue of lunch was published in the spring of 2006 and included student and faculty work.

lunch 2: dialect
published spring 2007

The word dialect has origins in discourse and conversation. During the 17th and 18th centuries this word began to connote a subordinate form of a language. More recent linguistic investigations have reframed dialect within an understanding of languages as contextual and temporal, constantly shifting in response to social and economic events. In this interpretation, every dialect bears the marks of the environment and resident culture that created it, a certain specificity of place.

Within our School of Architecture a new dialect of the language of architecture and landscape architecture is evolving. In particular, it expresses the dynamic and tightly linked relationship between the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture within our combined program. Our work embodies something of both the friction and symbiosis of this relationship, and we communicate it to others through our words and our making. Rather than an attempt to fix or formalize our own emerging language, this issue of lunch is an initiative to engage its diversity. We present our work and the work of those who impact this place as a means of honing its intentions and revealing its character.

One characteristic of a dialect is its limited audience. At a time when changing ecological and social conditions demand a new level of interdisciplinary action, we are concerned that the languages of landscape architecture and architecture are increasingly isolated. A primary goal of this publication is to facilitate an expanded conversation within and across disciplines. In this issue we include pieces that interpret dialect through a variety of lenses. In addition to work by architecture and landscape architecture students and faculty, contributions come from architectural history and urban planning, as well as practitioners who challenge sharp boundaries between disciplines.

In this journal, we also make an effort to respond to the tendency to communicate designs, built or conceptual, as finished products. lunch: dialect offers the processes of design – making, collaborating and building. We believe that the expression of process allows for greater accessibility into a design, in turn fostering a deeper level of engagement. For instance, one piece about Watts Branch in Anacostia presents the process of working both within a community and in studio. The article on the Learning Barge explores the construction of the barge as well as the ecological and social relationships it generates. An interview with Russell Katz discusses the necessity for collaboration in realizing projects. A short piece by Michael Vergason affirms a focus on collaboration by presenting how drawing is integral to communication in practice. These examples are among many in the journal that express a variety of ways that design is actively informed by processes of communication, foregrounding the need for designers to value it as an essential tool in both education and professional practice.


The breadth of the audience is portrayed in the diversity of the submissions. The journal has already been successful in connecting practicing alumni with student work and allowed them to become more connected to discussions within the school. By including the work of some of these practitioners we hope to make the academic community aware of contemporary issues in practice.


The journal is sent to the libraries of all accredited schools of landscape architecture and architecture in the United States. It is also available in a number of architectural bookstores across the country. The journal can be purchased online through Prairie Avenue Books in Chicago. An digital edition is available through our website.



This interview between an undergraduate student and the studio critic explored a range of issues surrounding the LAX studio and the creative process of engaging a contemporary city such as Los Angeles.
This piece by Rodrigo Abela and Ian Horton explored the role of a landscape architect working on built structures and the process of constructing a layered urban landscape.
This piece linked the work of two traveling studios in Mexico City and Venice with excerpts from a joint hosted by lunch. The goal of the discussion was to better appreciate common issues encountered by landscape architecture and architecture students.
A spread from a student's summer project in Rome relating his traveling experiences through letters, sketches and writings to his studies and observations at home.
This piece featured Michael Vergason's thoughts on the role of drawing in developing and communicating ideas. This spread focused on the role drawing played in collaboration, particularly in bridging disciplines and communicating with clients.
A screen capture from the lunch website which posts the content from the printed journal and additional material best suited for digital dissemination.
Front side of a postcard sent out to all School of Architecture alumni announcing the publication.
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