• Lunch 12: Call for Abstracts - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DEC. 19!

    By lunch-journal
    Dec 4, '16 12:04 PM EST

    Abstracts due Dec. 19, 2016; full submissions due Feb. 20, 2017.

    Submit your abstracts of no more than 350 words here:

    The city is at a critical moment—emerging spatial, ecological, and social crises have called into question the validity of established urban logics. As designers, we are uniquely equipped to act when the constructed frameworks of society inhibit progress. In the face of such systemic problems, designers can most effectively provoke concrete change by rejecting the rigid and conventional in favor of the tactical. Subversive and experimental in their nature, and informed by a pragmatic specificity, tactical operations transform our modes of perception and engagement. Through their transparency, these operations achieve a responsive and equitable built environment in which the inhabitant is not simply a user, but an empowered actor. Lunch seeks critical research, speculative design, and incisive built work that employs tactical problemsolving: invention through constraint, reconfiguration of accepted practices, and the urgency of the here and now. 

    We propose engagement on three fronts:

    INFORMATION TACTICS: Data and technology are exploited in the name of optimization, creating a so-called “smart city” populated, but not operated by, its inhabitants. In what ways can we use information to create a more responsive city sustained by generative and visible processes?

    ENGAGEMENT TACTICS: Conventional design methodology is opaque and inaccessible to those external to its practice. How can democratizing the means, methods, and products of design initiate a reflexive dialogue within and beyond the field? In what ways can reassessing accepted methodologies fuel novel forms of practice?

    HYBRID TACTICS: Material, spatial, ecological, and programmatic hybridity can enhance the utility and longevity of design interventions. How can tactical operations capitalize on synergies to produce adaptive environments? How can a progressive understanding of the interrelation of the human and nonhuman inform the composition of the city? 

    We will consider two categories of submission: (1) essays of no more than 2500 words, supported by relevant visual and textual sources and (2) image-based work, with a narrative statement and captions totaling no more than 1000 words.

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  • lunch 12 Call for Submissions

    By lunch-journal
    Oct 28, '16 3:23 PM EST

    Abstracts due Dec. 2, 2016; full submissions due Feb. 2, 2017.Submit here: city is at a critical moment—emerging spatial, ecological, and social crises have called into question the validity of established urban logics... View full entry

  • lunch 10 Call for Submissions

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    Oct 29, '14 9:24 AM EST

    When we cross frontiers, what do we meet? Modes of visual, verbal and data communication have brought forth feelings of both awareness and disunity. Across scales, aliens emerge from this discord.The issue is not only of the alien or non­alien but of negotiated territory where the value of... View full entry

  • lunch9: In Excess (Call for Submissions)

    By lunch-journal
    Oct 16, '13 11:59 AM EST

    October 9, 2013: lunch invites you to submit your positions to be published in our ninth volume,lunch9: In Excess Excess is everywhere — it is plenty; profit; waste. Growth cannot occur without excess, yet there is a threshold beyond which growth becomes malignant. Nothing succeeds like... View full entry

  • lunch8: Futures For Sites Unknown

    By lunch-journal
    Oct 16, '13 11:57 AM EST

    lunch8: Futures For Sites Unknown [Available for sale NOW on Amazon] The seventh volume of Lunch took a large step in engaging the design field outside the walls of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. It included a series of conversations with practitioners who visited the... View full entry

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