Call for Submissions: Renovations and Adaptive Re-Use of the Landscape

Landscapes I Paysages, Spring 2022

Guest Editor: Chris Veres

Deadline: November 30, 2021

I was speaking recently with a DTAH colleague about their experiences in the adaptive re-use of buildings. They mentioned that all landscape architecture projects are, in a way of thinking, adaptive re-uses of the land. At first, I was taken aback by the boldness of this claim, but eventually came to see the truth in it.  When we undertake the design of any landscape, we are adapting the land by changing how it is used, how it looks and how it is perceived. 

It is easier to understand this concept when applied to buildings; the proliferation of home improvement and make-over shows on television is a clear example of how people love to tinker with and update their living spaces. Sometimes, it is a superficial makeover or re-decoration with new materials; sometimes more “structural” changes are required to meet the needs of a household that is growing or shrinking, but we are constantly tweaking things in an effort to make our spaces and, in turn, our lives, better.  Rarely do we approach a home renovation project by trying to go back to what a house was when it was first built, because it was built for different times. 

Shifting the lens back to landscape architecture, why should our approach be any different? I bristle at the idea of this issue becoming focused on landscape “restoration” or “historical preservation.” If we are restoring the land, what are we restoring it to, and for whom? We are not making museums. Time moves on, and we are no longer living in the 1800s or 1900s, or even the 1990s for that matter. Work and play continually evolve, and what we need from our outdoor spaces evolves as well. How can we adapt the land in a way that embraces and acknowledges multiple different layers of ideas and meanings that are present in a society, either co-existing at a certain point, or changing over time?  How can our adaptive re-use of the land inform the ability to address not only the present, but also the future, and contribute to healthier ecologies and societies down the road? 

For this issue of Landscapes/Paysages, I invite practitioners from across the country to submit stories about projects that involve creative and dynamic adaptive re-use of existing landscapes.  From large-scale master planning, to small-scale modifications, that fine tune and improve existing communities, parks, gardens and streets, this issue will demonstrate how landscape architects are the ultimate problem solvers.  Through careful observation, assessment, planning and implementation we are, continually and adaptively, strengthening the beloved places of our environment.

“Dull, inert cities, it is true, do contain the seeds of their own destruction and little else. But lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration, with energy enough to carry over for problems and needs outside themselves.”
― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities


General Guidelines for Contributors

•    Deadline for article ideas, abstracts or rough Drafts is October 18, 2021. 
•    Final Draft submission deadline is November 30, 2021.
•    Article length: Feature articles to be 1400-1600 words and short articles to be 300-500 words
•    Illustrations: Please supply about 12 illustrations for a feature article and 1-2 for short articles. All images must be high resolution (300 dpi) and include captions and photo credit. Further Photo guidelines will be supplied separately, upon request.


Please provide a brief bio (around 50/60 words), a photograph, your preferred email address and a mailing address (for complimentary copies). Our authors are the voice of LP, and our readers appreciate knowing where you are coming from.  In your brief bio, please DO include a mention of your work or home base – but please keep the data brief. Instead, we invite you to use the space to tell us something about yourself, and your link to the story you are telling in the magazine, or to the issue’s theme.  

A sample bio written for the “Spiritual” issue is provided below:
Ryan Wakshinski is a CSLA-Award winning landscape architect from Winnipeg, where he has worked for Manitoba government since 2009. He is part of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for a $10-million dollar annual capital project program, including all facets of design, development and construction. He has a five year-old daughter named Hazel, plays golf for relaxation and practices Vipassana Meditation to come to terms with how he plays golf.


Please send ideas, abstracts to Chris or Laurie, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question or require additional information.

Chris Veres

Laurie Blake

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