Ed is working with friends and colleagues around something called the Field Office. It is a collaboration for founding and supporting new site-specific practices. It recognises that new landscape practices are needed to address emerging challenges – from community action to climate justice. It will involve biannual research, design, and knowledge exchange workshops and public events. Workshops are open to university design studios and emerging professional studios with the aim to support students and young practitioners who endeavour to experiment with alternative methods, investigate original approaches, and establish new models of practice.
It has been initiated by a working group, including: Antonella Contin (Politecnico di Milano), Alfredo Ramirez (Architectural Association), Christina Geros (Royal College of Art), Dorothy Tang (National University of Singapore), Gareth Doherty (Harvard University Graduate School of Design), Sandip Patil (CEPT University), Tim Waterman (The Bartlett, University College London), Yu Ye, (Beijing Forestry University). Partners to date include: Arup, Furtherfield, Local Works Studio, Sandwich Club (Rosie Martin), and POoR Collective (Larry Botchway).
Seed funding for the collaboration has been provided by the New Research Centre of Spatial and Digital Ecologies (University of Greenwich).