Landscape Paysage Call for Submissions

Issue: Trees
Winter 2020
Submission due date: July 31, 2020
English / French
Guest Editor: Michael Ormston-Holloway
We often think of Arborists when considering the management of our trees and forests, but in reality, there is a range of people and professions, not to mention perspectives, to consider. In fact, there is a whole forest of them – Arborists (who manage our urban trees), Ecologists (who help us make more meaningful connections with our natural environment), Landscape Architects (who design our built environments and coordinate planting plans and details around utilities and infrastructure), Foresters (who take a more systemic look at trees as specimens within a broader forested system), and potentially even those involved in the implementation of landscapes (as they can share tales of how the plans changed mid-construction, and how they improvised or were restricted somehow). And there are likely others – those who work at the intersection of these disciplines, for a more enriched perspective.There are many important discussions to have about trees and our forest canopy. We would like to open that discussion up for the Winter 2020 issue of Landscapes I Paysages, by inviting CSLA members and other interested parties to submit articles to discuss a range of areas around the subject of trees. For instance:

  • How do LAs work with trees from a design/aesthetic perspective, while still understanding the critically important supporting biological systems needed for their survival (i.e., environmental factors, maintenance regime, etc.)? How can LAs successfully reconcile aesthetic and performance considerations?The state of the urban forest, via exemplary projects that are redefining opportunities and methods for planting, or those applying extraordinary biological design principles that actually achieve greater ecological connections.
  • The disparity between what’s planned versus what actually happens in terms of what LAs can do within the parameters of code, the sequence of approvals, utilities and infrastructure, etc. Do we need better policy, with sharper teeth – and passionate, well-spoken champions – before we can achieve the canopy cover targets we are aspiring to?
  • How can we build resiliency into the future urban forest/forest canopy, while predicting the pending threats in adjacent regions, provinces and countries? By adopting sustainability values, along with careful attention to the planting, staging and construction details within which these trees will grow, can we together promote a robust canopy for tomorrow?
  • What about first-of-their-kind forestry projects in Canada – e.g., vertical forests; rotated areas of closure for soil and tree health?
  • Ideas, projects, research that contributors can share that contributes to this discussion.

We invite your submissions! See the next page for our contact information – drop us a line with your idea/thoughts/abstracts and we’ll get in touch to discuss how we can include your material in an issue that promises to be exciting and thought-provoking.

General Guidelines for Contributors

  • Deadline for article ideas, abstracts or rough Drafts is July 15, 2020 (or earlier).
  • Final Draft submission deadline is July 31, 2020.
  • Article length – contributions can come to us in various lengths. Here are some of our common types of articles, but we are open to discussion:
    • Feature articles (Focus section) to be 1400-1600 words
    • Upfront (Prologue) section (short, general content articles): 300-500 word.
    • Shorter Stories/columns (e.g., Forum section): 500-800 words
  • Remember, as with some design projects, less can be more…
  • References & Notes: L/P is a magazine, not a peer-reviewed journal. As such, we try to keep Notes (foot or endnote) or lists of References to a minimum.
  • Illustrations: Please supply about 12 illustrations for a feature article and 1-2 for short articles.

All images must be high resolution (300 dpi) and INCLUDE CAPTIONS AND PHOTO CREDITS. Further Photo guidelines will be supplied separately, upon request.


Please provide a brief bio (around 50 words), a head/shoulders photograph, your preferred email address and a mailing address (for complimentary copies; no mailing address received, no comp copies sent!). Our authors are the voice of L/P, and our readers appreciate knowing where you are coming from. In your brief bio, please DO include a mention of your work or home base – but please keep the data brief. Instead, we invite you to use the space to tell us something about yourself, and your link to the story you are telling in the magazine, or to the issue’s theme.

A sample bio written for the “Messiness” issue is provided below: CAROLINE LAVOIE teaches landscape design theory and representation at Utah State University, where she has inhabited the same (messy!) office for 20 years. “My office landscape is covered in almost geologic layers of papers, surrounded by mountains of books, student projects, paintings, drawings, models, mobiles, even hats, and then the fabulous view the real mountains outside my window.”

Please send ideas, abstracts to Michael or Laurie, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require additional information.

Guest (Content) Editor: Michael Ormston-Holloway

Managing Editor: Laurie Blake