LA+ Journal announces the launch of an open design ideas competition

Imagination_Island with banner-01[1]LA+ Journal announces the launch of an open design ideas competition for landscape architects, architects, planners, artists, and designers. The LA+ IMAGINATION design ideas competition asks entrants to design a new island. They can locate it anywhere in the world, program it any way they want, and give it any form and purpose they can imagine.

LA+ IMAGINATION’s Jury Chair, Richard Weller, said: “Islands hold an especially enigmatic place in our geographical imagination. Differentiated from their contexts and as much myth as reality, islands have their own rules, stories, characters, ecologies, functions, and forms. One thing is for sure: islands are good to think with. This competition is an opportunity for designers to push back against the tide of white noise and imagine alternative realities.” 

The LA+ IMAGINATION competition is to be judged by an international interdisciplinary jury including landscape architect and designer of New York’s Highline James Corner; award-winning architect and principal of WEISS/MANFREDI, Marion Weiss; urbanist Javier Arpa from Holland’s The WHY Factory; design philosopher and Harpers Magazine contributing editor Mark Kingwell; and Cambridge University Professor of Urban and Cultural Geography Matthew Gandy. The jury is chaired by LA+ Creative Director and PennDesign Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, Richard Weller.

A total of USD $10,000 and feature publication in LA+ Journal’s LA+ IMAGINATION issue is on offer. Select submissions will be chosen for exhibition in New York City in Spring 2018. Submissions close on June 02, 2017.

More details are available at the competition website:




LA+ (Landscape Architecture Plus) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design explores landscape architecture’s interdisciplinary potential, bringing readers a rich collection of contemporary thinkers and designers in two lavishly illustrated print issues annually. Within its pages you will hear not only from designers, but also from historians, artists, geographers, psychologists, ecologists, planners, scientists, philosophers, and many more. The aim of LA+ is to reveal connections and build collaborations between landscape architecture and other disciplines by exploring each issue’s theme from multiple perspectives. LA+ Journal’s current issue is LA+ SIMULATION; the first issue for 2017, LA+ IDENTITY, will be released in April.