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JoLA ‘Under the Sky’ invites the submission of critical reviews of built landscape and urban design projects that focus on concepts and strategies of reuse for a special issue dedicated to landscape criticism. Submissions will be double-blind peer-reviewed.


Landscapes undergo cycles of use and reuse, whether of materials, processes and pro- grammes, natural elements, or built structures. The making of new parks, gardens, and public projects is a history of site transformation, of adapting and overlaying new spaces that respond to changing cultural, economic, and political forces. reuse is a means of both preserving what was valuable or particular to a site and allowing new functions


and spaces to arise.


Ideas of reuse have characterized seminal projects of twentieth-century landscape archi- tecture, for instance duisburg Nord in the ruhr Valley, which reclaims industrial artefacts for new recreation. More recent landscape design projects suggest other potentials for reuse: West 8’s redesign of Fort Vechten, Utrecht, demonstrates perhaps one of the most hopeful components of reuse in that it values the provision of plant and animal habitats as much as the provision of spaces for people.






We seek critiques that examine and reveal how ideas of reuse have become defining ele- ments in a landscape architecture or urban design project. We are looking for scholarly reviews of built projects that will allow for depth and rigour in interpretation and analysis from the first commission to post-construction reception and use. Critiques may inves- tigate how reuse, particularly of cultural and industrial artefacts, has historically been


a defining characteristic in landscape architecture and urban design or has become increasingly important to contemporary practice.


We are particularly interested in submissions that are cognizant of and advance different forms of criticism (‘What it is’) and the effects it has (‘Why it matters’). These may range from the use of specific disciplinary, philosophical, and professional frameworks, to the exploration and experimentation of different modes of writing, applied to the reading


of a landscape of reuse. Approaches and practices of criticism should be explicit in the submissions. Their particular efficacy in analyzing and interpreting landscapes of reuse should be reflected upon.


Written texts of a maximum of 3,000 words including references should be supported by illustrations, analytical drawings, and photographs (a maximum of 15 figures).






Guest editor, Julia Czerniak: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Under the Sky editor, Alice Labadini:












‘TE Selected Shorts’ encourages brief, cogent visual explorations in landscape architec- ture and urbanism. Contributions to be published are chosen by a panel of scholars, artists, and designers.




We are looking for original visual essays that demonstrate how ideas of reuse yield


new forms of public spaces through the application of a rigorous, inventive visual meth- odology. Work might include diagrams, models and sculptures, collages, photographs, drawings, paintings, animations, films, installations, or any combination of media.


A process of making focused on reuse might be applied to the critical interpretation of a site or have been instrumental to the design process for a particular project.




• reuse of man-made materials and structures, of cultural and industrial artefacts.




• reuse and judicious retention of vegetation, soils, or hydrological regimes.




• programmatic (social, cultural, ecological) transformation in one built project over time.




• park/project as palimpsest.




Methods, materials, and process should be explicit in submissions and work should be situated in relation to other artists, designers, or theorists exploring notions of reuse in their art and design practice.




‘Selected Shorts’ typically comprise a maximum of 5 images and 300 words of text (including captions and references).






Thinking Eye editor, Kamni Gill: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Call for Abstracts - Park Politics Conference Vienna/Austria, 7 - 9 June 2018

Extended deadline for abstracts: July 14, 2017

ILA Institute of Landscape Architecture at BOKU Vienna is pleased to announce the Park Politics Conference, which we are organising together with the Az W, the Architectural Centre Vienna. Park Politics will take place from 7 to 9 June, 2018 in Vienna, both in Az W and at BOKU.

With the conference we want to investigate how the political is expressed in space, whether it is in the design, management or use of urban open spaces.

The event is conceived as a mixture of contributions from practice and research and starts with a lecture afternoon in the Az W with inputs from Ruedi Baur/graphic designer, Emily Eliza Scott/artist and ETH Zurich, Bernd Belina/geographer Goethe University Frankfurt, Julie Bargmann/D.I.R.T. studio (requested) and Christoph Schmidt/Grün Berlin GmbH (requested). On Friday, the conference will continue with sessions for paper presentations at BOKU.


Find all further information on our institute's website as well as on the abstract submission website:

To submit an extended abstract, please log in as an AUTHOR to the OCS system.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to many requests we have decided to extend the deadline for abstract submission to July 14, 2017.

We are looking forward to your interesting contributions!

Best regards,

Eva Schwab

DI Dr. Eva Schwab
Institut für Landschaftsarchitektur
Department für Raum, Landschaft und Infrastruktur
Universität für Bodenkultur
Peter-Jordanstraße 65
1180 Wien


Sunday 10 September, 2-6pm

The place of design in research is a recurring focus for landscape architecture. And while the role of design in academic inquiry remains controversial in some quarters, a sense of change is apparent.

This workshop is an open invitation for researchers who are actively using design to investigate research questions and contexts. Our goal is to meet around a large table so each participant can share/present/discuss the manner of design-directed research they have completed and/or underway.

The purpose of this workshop is to share relevant design research methods and to foster connections and collaboration between academics and their respective institutions.

Contact the workshop facilitators Mick Abbott (Lincoln University) and Paul Roncken (Wageningen University) to register your interest.

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MODSCAPES explores rural landscapes produced by large-scale agricultural development and colonisation schemes planned in the 20th century. This transnational research project investigates 11 case studies across Europe and beyond.


At first sight, there is a contradiction between ‘modernist’ and ‘rural’. Yet throughout the 20th century, many European States imagined, adopted and implemented large scale development and agricultural schemes to modernise the countryside: parliamentary as well as fascist regimes, socialist republics or colonial powers. Today, there are thousands of modernist farms, hamlets, villages and towns in Europe and beyond, where several million inhabitants live or have lived.

Modernist rural development schemes were pivotal to Nation- and State-building policies, and to the modernization of the countryside. They provided a testing ground for the ideas of scientists, architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects and artists, who converged around a shared challenge.

ECLAS is an associated partner and plans to be involved through linking with the other associated partners Civilscape and DOCOMOMO to help in the networking, dissemination and awareness raising of the research field which has wide relevance for landscape planning, conservation and design.


In order to support the highest standards of landscape architecture education and research and to raise the awareness of scholarship in landscape architecture ECLAS bestows awards for outstanding performances by teachers, researchers and students.

Nominations for ECLAS Awards may be made by an ECLAS Member Institution or by individual academics members not associated with the nominee's school. Nominations should be made by June 20 for all categories of awards.

A nomination should comprise a completed nomination form, the nominee's curriculum vitae, a biographical sketch that summarises the highlights of the nominee's career or achievements (3 pages maximum) and evidence of this achievement.

 Please find all relevant information here