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.
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.