Landscape Architecture

Posted June 14, 2018
  • Central Park, New York, as imagined by LA+ Journal following an eco-terrorist attack

    Rendering: Claire Hoch

DIY Central Park: The Latest Competition from ‘LA+ Journal’

PennDesign’s interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture, LA+ , is seeking submissions from landscape architects, architects, planners, artists, and designers for the LA+ ICONOCLAST design ideas competition. The competition challenges creative thinkers to reimagine Central Park in the wake of a hypothetical eco-terrorist attack carried out to protest the loss of the world’s forests.

Richard Weller, jury chair as well as professor and chair of landscape architecture at PennDesign, said, “LA+ ICONOCLAST gives designers the chance to take on the greatest commission anyone could ever hope for. By taking on such an iconic site as Central Park, you get to tackle big questions about how we represent and manifest ideals of public health, democracy, and nature. This is good fake news!” 

The LA+ ICONOCLAST competition is to be judged by an international interdisciplinary jury including architect and Lateral Office Co-founder Lola Sheppard; author of BLDGBLOG and New York Times bestseller A Burglar’s Guide to the City Geoff Manaugh; landscape architect and Snøhetta Partner Jenny Osuldsen; Director of the Office for Urbanization at Harvard GSD Charles Waldheim; and Metropolitan Museum Art  associate curator of architecture and design Beatrice Galilee. The jury is chaired by PennDesign’s Richard WellerCreative Director, LA+; professor and chair of landscape architecture and Meyerson Chair of Urbanism; and co-director, The Ian L. McHarg Center.

The 5 winners will share USD $20,000 and feature publication in a special issue of LA+  entitled LA+ ICONOCLAST. Ten honorable mentions receive a certificate and publication. Submissions close on October 10, 2018. More details are available at

LA+ (Landscape Architecture Plus) explores landscape architecture's interdisciplinary potential, bringing readers a rich collection of contemporary thinkers and designers in two lavishly illustrated print issues annually. The aim of LA+ is to reveal connections and build collaborations between landscape architecture, urban design, and other disciplines by exploring each issue’s theme from multiple perspectives.