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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 programmes, 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:


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:





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