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Launched in 2020 by The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology and the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Weitzman School in partnership with the leading American professional organizations for landscape architecture, the Green New Deal Superstudio was a concerted effort to give form to policy ideas by translating the core goals of decarbonization, justice, and jobs into place-specific design and planning projects.
This year-long open call ran from August 2020 through June 2021 and attracted the participation of more than 180 studio courses from over 90 universities in 39 states and 10 countries, as well as hundreds of practitioners from across the design disciplines. A total of 670 projects were submitted, ranging from adaptive reuse of degraded sites to regional-scale frameworks to visualizations of speculative futures. Together, they offer bold ideas for how designers can meaningfully engage in a response to the climate crisis at local, regional, and national levels.
The full set of submissions are catalogued as part of the Green New Deal Superstudio archive in Penn’s JSTOR digital library, where they are freely accessible.
A curated set of 55 projects can be viewed on the Superstudio website. Through an extensive review process, these projects were selected to illustrate the wide variety of issues, innovation, scales, and geographic regions represented in the submissions and to catalyze conversation.
Weitzman’s partners on the project are the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA).
In a virtual Superstudio Showcase presented by the LAF on Thursday, October 28 at 12:00pm EDT, four of those tasked with reviewing and curating the submissions will critically reflect on the body of work, highlight key themes, and show representative examples from the submitted projects. Registration is required for this free online event.