The Green New Deal Superstudio is a national conversation about how the framework of the Green New Deal can be translated into actual projects and where as a matter of priority these projects should take place, what will they look like, and who will they serve.
The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) in association with the Weitzman School of Design McHarg Center, the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture invited designers to be part of a historic, national initiative to translate the core goals of the Green New Deal—decarbonization, justice, and jobs—into design and planning projects for their respective regions.
The Superstudio was an open call for designs that spatially manifest the principles and policy ideas of the Green New Deal with regional and local specificity. A national climate plan like the Green New Deal will be understood by most people through the landscapes, buildings, infrastructures, and public works agenda that it inspires. The Superstudio was a concerted effort to give form and visual clarity to the scale, scope, and pace of transformation that the Green New Deal implies.
The Superstudio ran from August 1, 2020 until June 30, 2021. Participation was open to all design schools, professional practices, individuals, and other design and planning related organizations. Some 670 projects were submitted by participating university courses, groups, and individuals.
All submitted materials* will be catalogued as part of the Green New Deal Superstudio archive on JSTOR, where they will be freely accessible. The organizing partners will curate any subsequent publication and exhibition of the Superstudio deliverables and will look for ways to showcase the work and ideas in ways that can support policy-makers and advocates to advance Green New Deal ideas and approaches.
The Superstudio will also inform a national conversation on policy and design at a spring 2022 summit convened by the Landscape Architecture Foundation. The summit will consist of discussions about the Green New Deal goals and the ideas and themes sparked by the submitted projects.