Call for contributions for the book project:
After Landscape. Designing in uncertainty – Post Disaster Futures Japan.
2016, Melbourne Books.
In the aftermath of devastating destruction of the 3/11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami potential new directions to pursue habitation and settlement have become possible for the Tohoku region. In addition, new specifications for designs yet to be invented have been necessitated, as previous infrastructure based approaches of securing settlements have failed disastrously.
Now is an opportunity to recalibrate infrastructures, communities, and imaginations to a new scale–one that affords humans the time, space, and ability to recognize and to move responsively and in relation to the non-human scale of geo-forces in play on this planet. How can we ‘build back better’? What fresh ideas are there for new forms of living? Mutigenerational, inclusive, decentralized, car free environments?
This collection of essays will focus on diverse new approaches to designing with uncertainty in the aftermath of 3/11.
We invite submissions form a broad range of fields to capture trans-disciplinary approaches: landscape architects, designers, social scientists, urban and environmental planners, makers, activists, cultural and community projects.
We are particular interested in responses which discuss the agency of landscape, place, culture and people in approaches to rebuilding.
Responses may be critical, reflective or a documentation of a project(s) the author(s) has been involved with.
Suggested topics may include:
Project documentations of working with communities
Documenting tectonic effects of 3/11
Re-thinking settlement and building strategies
Eco – DRR projects, building back better projects*
Submissions include written essays and visual essays and will be peer reviewed.
Submission process and timeline
Please send your abstract of 300-500 words including a brief bio to: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW SUBMISSION DEADLINE 01. APRIL 2016
Completed essays of up to 3000 words will be due on 30th May 2016
Inquiries are welcome.
Marieluise Jonas, RMIT University Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect and Senior Lecturer at RMIT, working with 3/11 affected communities Shibitachi and Kesennuma since 2011.