Ground Up, the student-run journal of the Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning, announces the release of its 2020 issue on the theme of ONWARD. Born out of a preoccupation with the future, the ninth issue of Ground Up Journal poses the question, how do we proceed from here?
ONWARD is a collection of imaginings, answers, and speculations gathered from a diverse array of designers, thinkers, storytellers, and artists.
The journal is organized around three chapters. DESPERATEtimes calls out real-time problems our field has the power to address. CRITICALpractice is an examination of our discipline and proposes methodological change in teaching and practice.
IMAGINARYfutures presents visions of paths forward. ONWARDialogues, a discussion in print between academics, practitioners, and students, is situated at the center of the journal and represents what is at ONWARD’s heart: knowledge-building through open investigation.
The futures of ONWARD traverse scales and the globe, from insect architecture to trans-national collaboration in the Arctic Circle, from garden construction in East Los Angeles to urbanization in India.
In the year it has taken to collect, edit, and publish ONWARD, the state of the world has faced a radical shift. The future we found is not what we had thought it might be, but it is our intention that the stories, ideas, and conversations captured here can act as a roadmap--or perhaps a travelogue--as we pick our path.
About Ground Up
Ground Up was created in response to the Occupy Wall Street and 99% movements and continues to serve as a student platform to discuss contemporary topics free from the whims of intellectual fashion. Published annually, each issue centers on a theme of contemporary relevance with interdisciplinary possibilities. Articles and artworks are gathered through an open call for submissions, so naturally the journal is guided by the interests of our readers and collaborators—from students to professionals, academics to practitioners, artists to scientists.