Below are frequently asked questions about the Green New Deal Superstudio participation and projects.
You can also watch our August 20 Superstudio Kickoff Webinar and online information session for registered and prospective participants, with presentations from three faculty who have taught studios related to the Green New Deal. If you have questions about the Superstudio that are not covered here or elsewhere on our website, email Megan Barnes at mbarnes [at] lafoundation.org.
Can anyone participate and make a submission?
Yes, but generally the call is aimed at educational institutions in the fields of landscape architecture, engineering, planning, and architecture, as well as private practices and individuals in those and related fields.
Is the Superstudio limited to areas or participants in the United States?
No, however all entries must relate in principle and practice to goals of U.S. Federal legislation HR 109.
Can previous projects be submitted?
Yes, but they need to conform to the submission guidelines and demonstrably relate to the fundamental tenets of the Green New Deal. Contact Program Manager Megan Barnes (mbarnes [at] lafoundation.org) if you plan to submit previous work.
Must teams be interdisciplinary?
Given the complexity and interconnectedness of the issues addressed in the Green New Deal, interdisciplinarity would seem like a useful approach, but it is by no means essential to participation.
Do we have to be politically aligned with the Green New Deal in order to enter?
Are the schools with whom the organizers are affiliated also eligible to participate?
Can an individual work on more than one submission through more than one studio?
What sort of projects are you hoping for?
We are looking for designs that spatially manifest the principles and policy ideas of the Green New Deal. We expect a wide range of entries related to topics such as urbanism, agriculture, conservation, environmental justice, industry, energy, technology, biodiversity, water management, transportation, the labor market, lifestyle, and more. Entries can cross the spectrum from small to large scale and along a gradient from conceptual to “shovel ready”—however, all must address decarbonization, justice, and jobs per the goals of the Green New Deal.
Does the project location need to be local or regional?
It is up to instructors or teams to determine how to approach a project: whether to organize their design thinking via a scale, via the public works of a Federal Agency, a system, an infrastructure, a place, a region, or something else. There may be other ways of defining a project, and innovation is encouraged.
Does what we submit have to be a design?
Yes, it has to be a representation of a new or retrofitted thing, a new or retrofitted place, or a new or retrofitted system. A "plan" can sometimes be a report using just words. Such a submission would not be appropriate for a Superstudio submission because it contains no visualized (spatial) designs or designed things.
How realistic do our ideas have to be?
Ideal submissions will be innovative and inspirational as well as within the realm of feasibility. On the one hand this is not a forum for science fiction or utopian imaging, but nor is it only about ‘solutions’ or ‘shovel-ready’ projects. It is up to participants how they position their work along this spectrum.
Can submissions be critical of the Green New Deal?
Can any media be used?
Yes, so long as the final submission is 2-dimensional and visual and fits into the project board template that will be provided.
What should be on the boards?
See the Submission Guidelines for standards. The content is at the discretion of the participants but generally boards would include some if not all of the following: location plan, plans and sections, phasing diagrams, perspective views, relevant diagrams, and structural details.
Do authors of the work retain copyright?
Yes, the authors (or university where applicable) retain any copyright ownership of the work to which they would otherwise be entitled. However, in the deliverable submission form, the registrant grants LAF and the organizing partners various non-exclusive rights to use, publish, distribute, and make derivatives of the work. Registrants will also be required to certify that the work does not infringe on a third party copyright and is original. Details will be provided in the submission form – contact Program Manager Megan Barnes (mbarnes [at] lafoundation.org) with any immediate questions.
Can Superstudio participant submit the work to other forums, competitions, and awards?
Can studio instructors edit student work when they submit the materials from their studio?
While they are required to comply with the limit of maximum 3 boards per individual (or team) in the studio, studio instructors are at liberty to edit the boards as they see fit for their studio's submission. It is up to instructors to make their students aware of any conditions or requirements beyond those described in the Submission Guidelines.
Curation and Publication
Is this a competition?
No. There are no prizes and no formal jury. This is an open forum for ideas about connecting the principles and policy ideas of the Green New Deal to spatial planning and design with regional and local specificity.
Does participating in the Superstudio guarantee that work will be published or showcased in any way?
All submitted deliverables, unless disqualified, will be available for viewing on the Superstudio website. Registering and paying the optional submittal fee does not guarantee publication in any subsequent print media or inclusion in any subsequent exhibition or other public representation of the Superstudio and/or Summit. The selection of work to be included in the Summit and other publications and exhibitions will be at the discretion of the organizing partners.
Who determines if the work will be published or exhibited, and how?
The organizing partners will curate any subsequent publication and exhibition of the Superstudio deliverables. In curation for the Summit, we will be looking for broad geographic representation and scales of innovative projects that integrate the Green New Deal ideas of decarbonization, justice, and jobs with a focus on local and regional visions that can roll up to a national vision.
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