TESTING-GROUND is design research journal focusing on the interrelations which define landscapes, cities and territories. The journal is a site of experimentation, a platform to critique established urban theory and a place to investigate emerging architectural, political and ecological concepts. The testing-ground embraces diverse methodological approaches, from ethnographic field observations to speculative design proposals, as a foundation for unpredictable, unstable and unfinished conversations. The testing-ground is published by the Advanced Landscape and Urbanism research group in the Department of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Greenwich, London.
TESTING-GROUNDis a design research journal focused on research, experimentation and design of landscapes, cities and territories. It provides a platform to critique established urban theory and a place to investigate emerging architectural, political, and ecological concepts. The focus of each issue emerges from collaborative workshops which explore specific ideas and concerns.
Contributors to TESTING-GROUND have included: Eyal Weizman [Forensic Architecture], Léopold Lambert, Carmel Keren, Matthew Skjonsberg, Iulia Fratila, Suzanne O’Connell, Thomas Mical, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Tim Waterman, and Ed Wall.
Young people are founding movements against injustices. Teenagers are lobbying their politicians to add climate change to the curriculum. Children are walking out on classes to participate in demonstrations and strikes. There is increasing concern that global elders have failed to address – and in many cases exacerbated – social, economic, and ecological inequities. Urgent, uninhibited, and technically proficient – you can’t fool the children of the revolution. When it comes to the creation of environmentally just and hopeful worlds, young people are proving their worth and the future is in their hands … or is it?
Accepting submissions till Tuesday 4th May 2021 at email@example.com
The second issue of TESTING-GROUND journal will be launched on Thursday 27 June at the University of Greenwich as part of the London Festival of Architecture. TESTING-GROUND is a design research journal focused on research, experimentation and design of landscapes, cities and territories. The second issue is titled ‘Other Sides’ and features contributions by Eyal Weizman, Léopold Lambert, Jens Haendeler, Alex Ioannou, Anushka Athique, Iulia Fratila, James M. Nelson, Carmel Keren, Sophie Maguire, Yael Bar-Maor, Haya Mani, Laila Murad, Yiannis Papadakis, Alexandru Malaescu and Ed Wall. The issue is focused on concepts, structures, devices and spaces which define or integrate difference.
What resides on the other side can cause fear, concern, intrigue, delight and fascination. Neighbouring and distant lands are destinations to visit, invade, occupy and separate ourselves from. Many territorial borders are marked with walls and fences or have settled along rivers and ridges of mountains. These socially and architecturally constructed landscapes contrast with cities and towns which unite otherwise separated territories. The second issue of TESTING-GROUND will focus on concepts, structures, devices and spaces which define or integrate difference.
Submissions as essays/features between 500 and 3500 words are welcomed from artists, architects, landscape architects, urban designers, geographers, anthropologists, sociologists and ecologists interested in the transformation of cities and landscapes.
In the opening essay of his book Discovering the Vernacular Landscape, J.B. Jackson describes landscape as ‘a space deliberately created to deliberately speed up or slow down the process of nature’ (1984:8). This conception of landscape suggests that sites have a trajectory and a momentum which we can study and creatively engage with.
The first issue of TESTING-GROUND includes exploratory articles, experimental projects, design speculations and research methodologies focusing on the trajectory of cities and landscapes. Articles consider the trajectories of sites through time, investigate patterns of change and explore how these configurations could be redirected in the future. Contributors include: Dominique Cheng, Bob Bagley and Roo Angell, Matthew Skjonsberg, Aditya Barve, Sue Ball & Suzanne O’Connell, Thomas Mical, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Tim Waterman, John-Joseph Watters and Ed Wall.
ISSUE 01: TRAJECTORIES is available at bookshops in London and online.