Scenario 4: Building the Urban Forest
The forest carries deep cultural significance. Within the urban landscape, this ecologically complex, spatially layered, dynamic system is also understood to perform a wide range of essential ecosystem services, from increasing property values to mitigating climate change. Reforesting cities is one of the defining trends of twenty first century urbanism, but there is little agreement about how our urban forests are to be designed, planned and managed.
As arborists, parks departments, landscape architects, planners and community groups engage in the reforesting of cities, how are they collectively shaping the urban landscape? How do we quantify the benefits of urban forests? Where should we focus our attention and effort — streetscapes, backyards, vacant lots, woodlots, parks, highway medians or large remnant tracts? What hybrid ecosystems are yet to be designed? How many trees are enough? A million? What makes a forest urban?
Scenario Journal welcomes the submission of critical essays, provocations, and design projects that explore the topic of building the urban forest.
- We accept pieces in a range of formats including academic essays, op-eds and built or unbuilt projects.
- Article-based submissions should range in length from 2500 to 4000 words and be formatted in the Chicago Manual of Style with all sources clearly documented.
- Design projects should have a clear and focused text no longer than 1000 words, accompanied by 6-10 images.
- Send submissions to email@example.com, with ‘ISSUE 4′ in the subject line. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
- DEADLINE: Submissions are due November 1, 2013. All submissions after that date will be accepted on a rolling basis. If you have an idea or project in process, please submit your intention or outline as early as possible.