- About this Issue
I write with mixed feelings for this Editor’s Introduction: I am excited about the articles and reviews being published in this issue by those in our profession, while also concerned about the global news over the last year, in particular regarding society’s efforts to address climate change. It is difficult to think and act locally when our actions are only slowly moving forward (even reverse for some countries) to prioritize how we are changing the global environment.
I appreciate each piece in this issue because of the contributions being made to Landscape Journal. The pieces span and interweave topics that transcend design, planning and management of the land. First, M. Elen Deming (North Carolina State University) and other community leaders pay tribute to Pat D. Taylor for leaving a lasting mark on the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) and beyond—thank you Pat. Next, I am proud to have worked with Michael Rios and N. Claire Napawan (University of California, Davis) to bring their insightful letter focused on diversity and inclusion by design to Landscape Journal readers in advance of the CELA 2019 conference that is themed “Engaged Scholarship: Bringing Together Research, Teaching, and Service.” Claire and Michael challenge each one of us to integrate equity, diversity, and inclusion with community, public, and civic engagement at the conference and more importantly in everything we do. I would like to remind readers of a previous Landscape Journal issue about Race, Space, and the Destabilization of Practice (2007, Volume 26, Number 1) with Dianne Harris (currently Senior Program Officer at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) as Guest Editor, while M. Elen Deming and James Palmer were the Editors. This issue focused on the relationships between the built form of the environment, the social construction of race, and minoritization in the United States. Dianne’s introductory essay established central themes in the issue and suggests directions for additional research. I have enjoyed re-reading this issue and welcome additional scholarly submissions in this area.
We are publishing four peer-reviewed articles in this issue that are very different in the topics and approaches they take for their scholarship. William Langley, Robert Corry, and Robert Brown explore the intersection and synthesis of the Core Knowledge Domains of Landscape Architecture over the last several decades. Benjamin George presents a focused study about different instructional approaches for a basic graphics course with results that have implications for how we may all teach using a mix of different technologies and structures to help people learn more effectively. Angela Kreutz, Victoria Derr, and Louise Chawla document a design and implementation process that identifies opportunities and challenges when integrating different constituencies over time. Finally, Julie Stevens, Barb Toews, and Amy Wagenfeld invite the academic and practice communities to learn about and design the correctional landscapes that house more than two million people in the United States.
I am delighted to include several timely conference and book reviews in this issue. The five reviews include a symposium about the aesthetics of planting design, a book about Lawrence Halprin, another on biophilic city planning & design, and two books about Roberto Burle Marx. I sincerely enjoyed working with these scholars to bring their insights to you in these short, yet important contributions to Landscape Journal.
This lead me to briefly turn my focus to the multiple ways to further develop and advance Landscape Journal. We have worked with authors representing six continents and 22 countries since the beginning of 2017 [End Page iv] and we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to review submissions and work with emerging and seasoned scholars. We are continually gratified by the diligence and professionalism shown by almost 100 peer reviewers who represent at least 10 countries. Your work is essential and is much appreciated—THANK YOU. Although these might be the most recognized ways to contribute to Landscape Journal, there are additional ways that are valuable. A simple way to support Landscape Journal is to cite a Landscape Journal article in at least one of your publications this year. You can use Landscape Journal articles in your courses and studios and direct students to download articles through your institution...