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. It is intended to stimulate thought, discussion, visual exploration and substantive speculation about emerging landscape issues affecting contemporary praxis. Each edition will examine a critical theme arising from the tension between contemporary landscape architecture, ecology, and pressing cultural issues. The publication is intended as a discursive platform to explore concepts grounded in local issues with global relevance. Guided by the breadth of interests of our readers and collaborators, we aim to cultivate action through this discourse. 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 guerilla 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SUBMISSION CRITERIA: We invite previously unpublished, critical articles, built or speculative work, graphic responses, mappings, data visualizations, photo essays, anecdotes, manifestos, or poetry related to the current prompt. We accept only completed submissions (i.e. no abstracts or proposals). All work should be submitted as an 8 ½” x 11″ PDF (portrait format) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit your submission to a file size of 10 MB. (Admitted submissions may be asked to submit hi-res files at a later date.) Written submissions such as articles, anecdotes, manifestos, and poetry are limited to 2,500 words, and must be accompanied by a Microsoft Word or Text Edit document for editing purposes. Graphics-heavy submissions such as built or speculative work, graphic responses, mappings, data visualizations, and photo essays should not exceed 10 pages, and must include a brief written description of the work (maximum 300 words).
The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM PST on January 4, 2013. Please include a brief biography (50 word maximum) in the body of your email. If selected for inclusion, the editorial team will contact you by February 22, 2013 for further collaborative editing and possible second stage of review. All who have submitted will be notified by March 1, 2013. The anticipated publication date of Issue Two: Grit // Creative Resolve in Design is May 2013.