MArch /MSc LANDSCAPE URBANISM 2019-2020

DESIGN AND THE GREEN NEW DEAL (GND)

Given the climate and ecological emergency the world is facing, it is paramount importance that those involved in designing landscapes (whether architects, landscape architects, artists, planners or engineers) support a socially just re-structuring of the world we inhabit. This effort should be intrinsically dependant on the health of the earth systems and trigger, in turn, a radical transformation of the role we can collectively play in developing design proposals, mitigation strategies, advocacy initiatives and activism.

Atlas depicting all fossil fuel extraction areas, infrastructures, concessions and reserve fields currently supported and subsidised by the UK government abroad, Rafael Martinez Caldera, Elena Suastegui, Yasmina Yehia, 2018–19

One way to achieve this is by supporting a Green New Deal (GND) – a viable initiative with the capacity to unite all of the best intentions, preoccupations and proposals of the design community at large. Landscape Urbanism will get behind this project and contributing to shaping its influence in the UK. We believe that expertise in visualisation, mapping and the spatial understanding of socioecological systems is crucial to such a project and the challenges it presents. Together, Landscape Urbanism will develop proposals for a GND in collaboration with the New Economics Foundation, through the exploration of different policies such as:

· The transformation of a Common Agricultural Policy in a post-Brexit scenario and the impact it could have in local communities.

• The rewilding of urban areas and the benefits this can have for the wellbeing of citizens in both urban and rural environments.

• A Just Transition towards a post-fossil fuel economy, the proposition of alternative economic models and the spatial impacts these will have for the design of urbanisation processes.

• The exploration of different land ownership schemes, beyond the existing privatised and individual models, to radically transform the UK landscape.

Section proposing a community built forest model in Treherbert,Wales by Rafael Martinez Caldera, Elena Suastegui, Yasmina Yehia, 2018–19

Landscape Urbanism will develop these policies with the from the perspective of the designer, using concepts, practices and principles such as:

· Exploring cartographic practices with the capacity to influence the public sphere and decision-making processes, such as interactive and participatory maps, built by local people with data gathered on site.

• Revisiting concepts such as the commons, public participation and platform cooperativism through the lens of design, analysing their implications for the construction of collective design frameworks and the management of shared resources that are neither public nor private.

• Implementing the latest technologies to simulate the behaviour of cities, landscapes and territories using software and scripts to foresee possible future scenarios with the help of partnered scientists and researchers.

• Understanding the use of public space in the UK and elsewhere, through diagramming and proposing new spatial configurations in direct response to 21st century challenges.