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 focuses on concepts, structures, devices and spaces which define or integrate difference.
[Issue 02: Other sides is available here]
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 will include exploratory articles, experimental projects, design speculations and research methodologies focusing on the trajectory of cities and landscapes. Articles will consider the trajectories of sites through time, investigate patterns of change and explore how these configurations could be redirected in the future.
[Issue 01: Trajectories is available here]