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Friday, February 25, 2005

Open Land and the Suburbs

This will be a long posting and fairly specialized, but I thought avid readers here might be interested, so here we go.

Call for Papers
Finding Space in the Suburbs
July 25th–27th, 2005
A two-day conference examining open space issues and opportunities accompanying suburban landscape change.
Finding Space in the Suburbs is sponsored by the Green Space Institute , Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Utah State University and the College of
Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Conference Theme
Contemporary suburban landscapes reflect diverse economic, demographic and social realities. Aging first-tier suburbs are now embedded within large metropolitan areas, while newer auto-dependent exurbs continue to develop outward. As capital moves between urban and exurban centers, many older suburbs face disinvestment, while others remain prosperous. Landscape patterns are affected by these shifting factors. The purpose of this conference is to examine the effects of changing realities on the quality of suburban open spaces; and how access to quality open space affects the lives of suburban dwellers.
Conference Program
This two-day conference features invited plenary speakers, and peer-reviewed conference papers submitted by academics and practicing professionals focused on the varying roles, impacts and changing realities of open space in the suburban landscape.
We invite participants from a variety of disciplines including landscape architecture, planning, geography, architecture, economics and related fields to submit paper proposals on a range of issues affecting the quality of suburban open space. Topics should span the range of planning tools and principles, ethics, law, social justice, environmental impacts and economics including:
The design of open space in a multi-cultural and diverse economic region
The tools and practice of open space preservation and restoration in the suburbs
The economic impacts of open space in the development and redevelopment of the suburbs
The impacts of transportation systems on open space resources
Open space access, equity and social justice
The open space needs of a diverse population
Differing cultural concepts of open space
Capital mobility and landscape change
Density and infill development and its effect on open space
Regional differences in suburban development patterns and resulting
Changes in open space patterns
Patterns of development at rural/suburban urban/suburban interfaces and how this effects open space resources
Effects of metropolitan growth management strategies on suburban open space
The role of open space in the protection of water resources and quality
Abstract Submission
The deadline for abstract submission is March 28th, 2005. Please
submit the following to tamara shapiro (
Abstract of no more than 400 words in Word format, 12 point Times Roman font, with the paper title at the top of the page. Please do not include your name or any identifying personal information on this page to ensure blind peer review.
Author affiliation (name, organization, email, telephone number and address) on a separate page, with the title of the abstract. Brief author biography of no more than 100 words.
Presentations and Proceedings
Abstracts will be selected for development into full papers through a process of double blind peer review. Full papers will be peer reviewed after the conference and will be published in conference proceedings. Selected papers will be published in a special edition of an international peer-reviewed journal.
Conference Location
Utah State University is located in Logan, just 85 miles north of Salt Lake City International Airport. Nearby attractions include Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty in the Great Salt Lake and numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation such as camping, mountain biking, fishing, and boating, in the surrounding mountain ranges. The Wasatch range, with excellent hiking, abuts campus, with National Forest trails as close as 15 minutes away.
28 March: Abstracts due.
29 April: Notification of abstract acceptance and revisions required.
30 May: Final version of abstract due.
25 — 27 July: Conference.
31 August: Draft paper due for peer review and selection for publication.

Contact Information:
Tamara Shapiro

Editor's note: If you made it to the bottom of this, you really should enter.


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