Landscapes | Paysages
Submission due date: Nov 30, 2020 (final drafts)
Guest Editor: Rob LeBlanc
Technology is rapidly shaping the way we live, move, communicate and stay healthy; but more than anything, it is reshaping the way every industry works and collaborates. Design industries are particularly influenced by technological change as designers search for new and better ways to communicate their vision and express their creativity while implementing ever more complex and durable built works. Research fueled by new technologies are providing a better understanding of how our world works, and how we can live more holistically in it and with less. Since the dawn of our profession, landscape architects have worked to understand and shape the most complex ‘technologies’ of our planet including nature, hydrologic cycles, energy pathways, and even the psychology of the human mind. We are well suited to complexity, collaboration, research and the science and art of design.
Technology is an ever-evolving discussion in our profession, but the topic is unfolding at a more rapid pace than ever. To remain relevant as leaders of the built environment, we must continue to upgrade our skills and understanding of the changes wrought by technology. We would like to open that discussion up for the Spring 2021 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 technology in landscape architecture. For instance:
What new tools are LA’s using to (1) design and communicate our vision of the future, (2) collaborate with each other, our clients, and the public (3) manage projects and budgets, (4) build increasingly complex project, and (5) monitor the success of our projects.
What new materials and processes are available to help us create more resilient and sustainable projects? Particularly using technologies that photograph well for the magazine.
How are people’s interactions with technology changing how we design spaces of the future?
As big data and our understanding of our local environments grow, how are we using this new information to make more informed decisions about landscape change or conservation?
How can we tap the power of simulations to understand the pros and cons of our design proposals long before they are built?
As our world grows smaller and our reach grows larger, what fundamental aspects of place do we need to protect?
Are there potentials for disruptions on the horizon that could change the viability of our profession?
What new technological trends should we be paying attention to ensure that we stay relevant as leaders of the built natural environment.
Relevant topics could include:
New CAD, 3D, GIS and BIM trends and plugins
New hardware advances
Management Systems and Software as a Service
Stormwater Management and conservation design technology
Ecosystem & city monitoring systems / Internet of Things
3D printing & 3D scanning
Generative Design & AI
Digital twins and simulations
New landscape research and applied design?
We invite your submissions! See below for our contact information – drop us a line by November 16 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.
Please send ideas, abstracts to Rob or Laurie, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require additional information.
Guest (Content) Editor: Rob LeBlanc firstname.lastname@example.org
Managing Editor: Laurie Blake email@example.com
General Guidelines for Contributors:
Deadline for article ideas, abstracts or rough Drafts is November 16, 2020 (or earlier).
Final Draft submission deadline is November 30, 2020.
Short collaboration stories: 300-500 words
Feature articles to be 1400-1600 words
Upfront section (short, general content articles): 300-500 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 credit. Further Photo guidelines will be supplied separately, upon request.
Please provide a brief bio (around 50 words), a 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 LP, 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.” firstname.lastname@example.org