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Superstudio Showcase: Reflections from a Year-Long Open Call

This virtual event celebrated and reflected on a year of exploration, innovation, and collaboration by the 3,000 participating designers and students.

The Green New Deal Superstudio was a concerted effort to give form to policy ideas by translating the core goals of decarbonization, justice, and jobs into place-specific design and planning projects. Some 670 projects were submitted through the year-long open call, which attracted the participation of over 90 universities, as well as hundreds of practitioners from across the design disciplines.

In this virtual event on October 28, 2021, four of those tasked with reviewing and curating the submissions critically reflected on the body of work, highlighted key themes, and showed representative examples from the submitted projects. How did the submissions address issues facing their regions? What were the key strategies and ideas? What does this work say about the ability and readiness of the built environment design disciplines to make large-scale change?


  • Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, CEO, Landscape Architecture Foundation
  • Kate Orff, FASLA, Founding Principal, SCAPE and Professor & Director, Urban Design Program, Columbia University


  • Kofi Boone, FASLA, University Faculty Scholar and Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Kristina Hill, PhD, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
  • Michael Johnson, Principal and Co-Director of Urban Design, SmithGroup
  • Roberto Rovira, Professor & Chair, Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design, Florida International University

Green New Deal Superstudio: Explore the Projects

The Superstudio ran from August 2020 through June 2021 and attracted the participation of more than 180 studio courses from over 90 universities in 39 states and 10 countries, as well as hundreds of practitioners from across the design disciplines.

A total of 670 projects were submitted, ranging from adaptive reuse of degraded sites to regional-scale frameworks to visualizations of speculative futures. The complete archive of submissions is available in the JSTOR digital library.

A curated set of 55 projects can be viewed on the Superstudio website. These projects were selected to catalyze conversation and illustrate the wide variety of issues, innovation, scales, and geographic regions represented in the submissions.

Grid of 24 images of Superstudio project submissions showing a variety of work including maps, photos, sketches, and visualizations

Green New Deal Superstudio Partners

Running from August 2020 through June 2021, the Green New Deal Superstudio was an open call to translate the goals of decarbonization, justice, and jobs into local and regional design and planning projects. The organizing partners are:
Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF)
Weitzman School of Design McHarg Center
Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (CRCL)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA)

LAF is grateful to the many individuals and organizations that provide financial support towards fulfilling our mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

Much of what LAF is able to accomplish would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial investment of our major supporters, including ASLA, which provides over $125,000 of in-kind support annually.