This issue will explore the question: What is considered matter? 

Our discovery of MATTER has inspired the following framework:

  1. Matter is physical: It is resource, composition and construction
  2. Matter is subjective: It is value, purpose, quality and effect

How do these two principles relate and respond to each other? And how do they inform the decisions we make as catalysts of material culture?

MATTER is about revealing the layers that are not always visible.

The 12th issue of GROUND UP will investigate and challenge conceptions of matter as source, process and outcome as reflected in the interdisciplinary field of Landscape Architecture. This discourse engages the intersection of matter as both material and value. MATTER will respond to the convergence of the two.

As designers, artists and creators we must do more than raise issue and concern through alarming narratives– thoughtful selection and analysis of materials, resources, labor, location and methodologies are equally as critical. For this issue we intend to represent projects that suggest landscapes ‘of matter’ and landscapes ‘that matter’ – in composition and in theory. Submissions can include any representational form of design as practice.

In addition, we welcome you to share the call with anyone you think might be a good fit for the journal. Please feel free to pass forward

Submissions are due no later than JANUARY 21, 2023.
Please submit all entries to

We look forward to reviewing your submission.

The Ground Up 12 Team

Submission Requirements:

We welcome subject matter from landscape architecture, art practice, ecology, architecture, geography, urban design, literature, social justice advocacy and beyond. As a student-run journal, we have published content from a true diversity of contributors: from renowned landscape architects and thought leaders in the field, to undergraduate students with a story to tell. We accept all forms of media – from drawings and renderings, to written pieces and short films.

  • 2,000 words maximum
  • Please combine your files into a single PDF (10MB max)
  • If you are submitting a photo series or visual piece, please also include a project statement
  • If you are submitting a video project, include a project statement and a link to view the video online (3 min max)

Submissions are closed as of January 21, 2023 at 11:59pm

We review submissions in January and will be in touch about selected pieces early February.