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									the inaugural : student-led : professionally reviewed : student journal
The Problem

   Insufficient outlets exist for professional review,
    publication and dissemination of submitted student
   Following the re-emergence of our Student ASLA
    chapter in Fall 2009, we challenged ourselves to
    produce a journal that was unlike any other
    academic/design journal – one entirely organized by
    and for students – that seeks interdisciplinary and
    intercollegiate participation.
   A professional jury reviewed,
    student produced journal,          Cover image

    exclusively presenting student
    work, SHIFT:infrastructure

   The selected student entries
    look at infrastructure from
    diverse perspectives and reflect
    a broad geographical range -
    from south Texas, to India and
    the far reaches of Siberia.

   The students represent five
    different universities
   Series of charettes for : the call, the look, public relations,
    the jury, our audience/communication
   We recruited 5 leading practitioners & thinkers

   Hill, Hou, Johnson, Kulash, Wenk
   The Call
“Infrastructure is the enabling foundation of contemporary civilization, evolving over centuries to meet society's ever-
    changing needs. Disturbing trends suggest societal needs are increasingly outpacing the capacity of our existing
    infrastructure strategies and available technologies. This moment in history demands a reconsideration of the
    conventional, centralized, and technocratic practice of orthodox infrastructure that has subjugated ecological
    systems and neglected social interconnectedness.

Initiatives such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 have invested hundreds of billions of
      dollars into U.S. infrastructure improvements but these funds are being directed largely towards "shovel-ready"
      improvements to antiquated infrastructure systems. Some of these improvements are indeed necessary, but they
      are merely short-term solutions. A SHIFT towards a new, integrated approach to infrastructure design and
      management is imperative. How this needed paradigm shift occurs will depend on creative decision-making and
      powerful collective efforts led by designers, planners, and communities at every level. This emerging framework of
      infrastructure must prioritize the quality and health of human experience while operating symbiotically within its
      ecological context. Rather than adhering to the rigid and deterministic models of the past, this new model must
      become a reflexive process that adapts temporally and spatially across diverse contexts and scales.

The inaugural issue, SHIFT: Infrastructure will focus on issues that surround emerging infrastructure, and provide an
     opportunity to re-think our approach to confronting their many challenges. Our aim is to broaden the traditional
     notion of infrastructure to include areas such as culture, ecology, and economy, and incorporate differing levels of
     time, context, and scale; from rural to urban, from local to global, from immediate to imagined. How can the
     evolution of infrastructure be managed to maximize human and environmental health? How can integrated design
     approaches develop synergies among infrastructural systems that promote social equity, ecological resiliency, and
     economic prosperity?”
   We used a variety of internet outlets and design
    colleges to advertise the call. Civil Engineering and
    Natural Resource programs were also targeted.
   We used an open-sourced
    journal system framework,
    hosted on campus servers
    to facilitate submissions,
    inquiries and the blind
    juried review

                                 *the new call, SHIFT: process is
                                 already up on the site
The Result

   SHIFT: infrastructure
   The papers call for more personal, even spiritual connections between
    the built and natural systems that support all life.

   Collectively, they represent insightful student investigations into the
    underlying shortcomings of existing landscape infrastructural systems.

   Individually, they remind us that designs rooted in lessons learned
    from the past and executed with forward-thought in the present
    might potentially deliver a more socially rich and ecologically sound

   They present a common vision for a future in which landscape
    architects increasingly engage communities as cogent collaborators
    seeking to engender a legacy of social and ecological connectivity.
   Post publication,
    editorial articles were
    written on popular
    blogs to initiate
    dialogue about the
    journal and articles
    contained in the
    inaugural publication
   SHIFT:blog, a sister publication
     Daily communication platform
      for all topics related to
      Landscape Architecture
     Extends SHIFT: as a brand of
      the student ASLA for our
     Supports, promotes, and sells
      the student journal
   We promote the journal
    at various community,
    school and academic

   Copies are currently
    being delivered to design
    libraries across the U.S.

*seen here, a monthly student run art
   Submissions are currently being accepted for our
    second issue, SHIFT:process

   Sustainable funding mechanisms are being


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