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ASLA Partners with LAF on Green New Deal Superstudio

ASLA has partnered with the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), the McHarg Center, the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) by inviting university landscape architecture and other design programs 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 Green New Deal 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.

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.

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 LAF 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.

The Superstudio will run from August 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.

For more information and to register, visit:

About the Landscape Architecture Foundation

The Landscape Architecture Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. Established in 1966, LAF invests in research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives to increase the influence and impact of landscape architects to create a more sustainable, just, and resilient future.

About the Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology

The Center’s mission is to build on the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design’s position as a global leader in urban ecological design by bringing environmental and social scientists together with planners, designers, policymakers, and communities to develop practical, innovative ways of improving the quality of life in the places most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

About the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (CRCL)

Established in 2018 at Columbia University’s Graduate School for Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (CRCL) extends Columbia’s leadership in climate-related work and supports the university’s interdisciplinary collaborations and external partnerships. CRCL works across disciplines at Columbia by bridging design with science and policy to improve the adaptive capacity of people and places.

About the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

For 100 years, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) has been concerned with the content and quality of professional education in landscape architecture. The CELA publishes high-quality research through its refereed publication, Landscape Journal, and hosts an annual conference on recent research and scholarship. The CELA represents over 800 members, including from virtually all the programs of higher learning in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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