Grit is from the ground, abrasive and coarse. Grit erodes and accrues. Like sandpaper, grit refines. Like the grain of sand that creates a pearl, grit is an agitator and a catalyst. The inaugural issue of GROUND UP peered into Landscapes of Uncertainty, examining who and what deﬁnes the next move in landscape architecture. This second edition asks how our ﬁeld fulﬁlls its potential by exploring grit as a quality, texture and approach for negotiating change in our landscapes. Shifts in climate and society call for responses and interventions grounded in courage and creative resolve.
How we each take up this call is as diverse as the ﬁngerprints on these pages. For our team, grit was born of the dialectic between the desire to create critically acclaimed landscape architecture and the necessity to cultivate intact ecosystems and spatial justice. Your submissions expanded grit’s meaning, introducing implications, actions and inventions well beyond our original query. As Walter Hood tells it, grit is the stuff of dreams. Through Brett Milligan’s microscope and macroscope, grit is the sediment casualty, the matter moved. For Iran’s Baha’i religious minority, grit is deﬁance of human rights violations.
From your expanded deﬁnitions of grit, the narrative arc of the journal emerged as a journey of design—operable at multiple scales—moving from the process of a single project, to the lifetime of a designer, to the ontological evolution of the design discipline. Abutting the limits of print, the journal expresses the iterative, cyclical, blended nature of process in a static framework. The dialogue evolves over four units:
DREAM BIG From speculative imagination to continental scale, expanded vision pushes convention.
SPECIFICITY Citizen data, parametric multiplicities and geodesign make tangible the intangible.
AMPLIFICATION Inherited artifacts, mores and intellectual property widen our present futures.
RESOLVE Convictions, like water, stay the course and ﬁnd the cracks to ¬shift dominant inertias.