TESTING-GROUND is 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.
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. The Advanced Landscape and Urbanism research group is a platform for design and research of cities and landscape. The group encourages new approaches to research and design experimentation, which investigate the everyday and the extraordinary spaces, environments and lives of our cities.
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.
The deadline for submissions is Monday 30 January 2017. See submission guidelines for details.
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.