The proposed Federal Green New Deal (H.R. 109) aims to create a framework for combating climate change. But translating that framework into action requires local and regional specificity.
In August 2020, a consortium of architecture organizations, led by the Landscape Architecture Foundation in Washington, D.C., launched the Green New Deal Superstudio, a national open call that challenged both student and professional designers to explore how aspects of the Green New Deal might be enacted.
Over the next year, more than 3,000 participants, representing hundreds of private practices as well as 90 universities in 39 states and 10 nations, crafted 670 design proposals. On Oct. 19, organizers announced that 55 of these projects—including eight by students in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis—had been selected to illustrate the Superstudio’s six principle themes: Cultivate, Empower, Adapt, Energize, Remediate, and Retrofit.
“The selection of so many of our College of Architecture students in this internationally curated set speaks to the Sam Fox School’s long engagement with urgent intersecting issues of human and environmental health and equity in the St. Louis region—issues all the more pronounced under the umbrella of climate warming and delayed energy transition,” said Patty Heyda, associate professor of architecture and urban design. “The hope is that this work sparks a collective reimagining about how to address real, systemic complexities of climate breakdown through design.”
The Sam Fox School projects are:
In addition, Sam Fox School alum Josiah Brown (MUD20), who is now at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, was recognized for The Harvest Trail.
The Green New Deal Superstudio was jointly organized by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes at Columbia University, and the McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology at the University of Pennsylvania.
A virtual Superstudio Showcase will take place beginning at 11a CDT Oct. 28. The event will feature presentations by Barbara Deutsch, CEO of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and other partners. The event is free but registration is required. For more information, visit lafoundation.org.
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