Centerline 16: Transgressive Practices to Transformative Policies: Landscape Change, Fast & Slow

APRIL 2024

As our society grapples with the global climate crisis and its disproportionate impact on already vulnerable populations, landscape architects must change more than what we design; we must also change our design process. The capacity of landscape architecture to respond to the pressing matters of our time lies in its complex contextual dependencies and its engagement with dynamic and constant change. 

The Center for American Architecture and Design’s 2023 Meadows Symposium set forth a framework of transgressive landscape practices to reposition design professionals from being instruments of existing policy to catalysts for policy change, informed by an understanding of evolving impacts on the ground. Transgressive Practices to Transformative Policies documents the event, with essays and reflections by landscape architects and educators that reimagine the boundaries of the discipline, showing the importance of design as a tool for starting and continuously tending to a dialogue about a site’s shared future; and for listening deeply to the human and nonhuman communities entangled in the site and attending to their evolving needs. 

ISBN: 978-0-934951-39-5


Introduction: A Call for Transgressive Practices, by Maggie Hansen 
Symposium Opening Remarks, by D. Michelle Addington 


The Miasmist in Cuba: George E. Waring Jr. and the Tropical Landscape, by Catherine Seavitt Nordenson 
Design Activism: Landscape + Labor-Work-Care, by Alison B. Hirsch 
Submerged History and the Impact on Environmental Justice and Stewardship, by Diane Jones Allen  
Unmaking Practice, by Margie Ruddick


Maggie Hansen


Bridget Gayle Ground


Emilio Sanchez