What is VOID?

Void is the space between. Void is the gap, the chasm, the absence of. Void is the space created through extraction, of concrete, of water, of human labor and of value. These spaces exist ‘naturally’ and are produced through our built environments. Void is the imprint of lack that makes contemporary landscape architecture projects more real. Void is the constructed and imagined justification for erasure of history and of place. Simultaneously, void is an act of resisting that erasure. It is at once that which we criticize in the narratives of landscapes and the impetus for doing better. We critique the voids landscape architecture has both filled and left unfilled —the gulf separating what we do and what we think we do. But the void is expansive and not necessarily defined in relation to its boundaries. Instead, it can be a wide and deep starting point that offer potentialities still unknown to us and to the identity and role of our profession.

Into the void we must go.