The CELA Conference Track System was launched in 2008-2009 for CELA’s Annual Conference held in Tucson, Arizona. The system is managed by the Vice President for Research + Creative Scholarship along with a structured organization of scholarly experts who provide focused peer-review for research and scholarly works in content areas representing the discipline of Landscape Architecture. These content areas are called “tracks.” Each track can be chaired by one person, or co-chaired by two or three persons.
Present CELA tracks are:
Communication and Visualization Track accepts papers, panels or posters that propose or explore new approaches or innovative advancements in the teaching or application of design communication methods.
Design Education and Pedagogy Track accepts papers, panels or posters that illuminate and help improve understanding of the purposes of design education and the uses of curriculum and pedagogy as strategies for serving these purposes. Papers should refer to and build on literature on education, teaching, learning and design. Reflective accounts or evaluations of educational practice, critiques of contemporary educational practices and proposals for more focused and influential educational practices are welcome.
The Geo-spatial and Digital Analytics Track covers research that integrates the creation and analysis of spatial data to build and assess maps, graphs, statistics, cartograms, and/or related outputs to both understand and expose complex relationships related to build and natural spatial features. This track covers research related to foci such as (but not limited to) GIS and mobile technologies, geodesign, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones/fixed winged aircraft), virtual reality, social media data mining processes, big data, and prediction modeling, spatial analytics, and related technology-based data gathering and analysis tools.
History, Theory and Culture Track accepts papers, panels or posters that discuss land use, planning and design from prehistory to the present. Papers are typically presented as a theoretical discourse in areas such as urban theory, social and cultural theory, environmental philosophy, environmental ethics and historical narrative.
Health track accepts papers, panels, and posters that address health and well-being of communities and individuals. The built, natural and social environment that landscape architects and researchers design and study influence public health directly by exposing people to healthy/unhealthy features and indirectly through behaviors/lifestyles. Multiple areas of scholarship, including discovery, creativity, application, and teaching, that address both the direct and indirect pathways are accepted.
Landscape Performance Track (LA CES track) accepts papers, panels or posters that explore the impact of landscape projects of various types and scales through the observation and measurement of environmental, economic and social benefits. Paper topics might include case studies, methods of observation or measurement, predictive models of benefits, new research on the benefits of landscape, and theoretical frameworks for landscape performance.
Landscape Planning and Ecology Track (LA CES track) accepts papers, panels or posters that discuss landscape form and function, landscape ecology, natural drainage systems and constructed wetlands, sustainable coastal margins, urban forestry, wildlife habitat conservation, greenways and other topics related to planning and characterizing the environment. Topics related to environmentally friendly development codes are also covered.
People-Environment Relationships Track accepts papers, panels or posters that explore the human experience of place and the human dimensions of design. In this approach, the environment is conceived broadly, encompassing not only the natural and the built environment but also the way that social, cultural, political and economic forces influence the appearance, meanings and uses of space. Topics within this track include the environment, attitudes, behavior and socio-cultural factors related to the design of human spaces, and the effect of public policies and regulation on quality of life.
Research and Methods Track accepts papers, panels or posters that discuss quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods for landscape design and planning; case studies; design support systems; statistical modeling; technologies and design impact analyses.
The Research by Design and Implementation Track (LA CES track) accepts papers, panels, or posters that deploy design and implementation as a method for research. This research could be conducted via means including design studios organized around a research agenda, faculty-led research or implementation projects that employ design as method, and critical/reflective design practice.
Service-Learning and Community Engagement Track accepts papers, panels or posters that discuss teaching and research-based scholarship resulting from collaborations between university and community partners. This track seeks papers that deepen and promote dialogue and understanding of such things as the theory and practice of interrelating community service and engagement with teaching, learning, evaluation and research, and the pedagogy of service-learning and participatory action research, to name a few.
Urban Design Track accepts papers, panels or posters that discuss issues such as the design of pedestrian space and alternative transportation, sustainable urbanism, active living by design and the arrangement of urban space and place.
The 100 + 1 | RESILIENCE theme track is a call to action for educators and professionals in landscape architecture! The CELA supports educators to advance the profession and this track accepts abstracts, papers, panels, posters, and/or film submissions that reflect the past, present and future resilience of landscape architecture as a discipline and area of practice. Specifically, we seek original research and creative scholarship on resilience that reflects the call to action now needed amid Coronavirus isolation measures, climate change response and sustainable strategies to teach, research and service the community and next generation of professionals.
As a scholarly discipline and an area of practice, landscape architecture continually confronts issues of environmental, economic and social justice in academics and in practice. This track encompasses research and creative scholarship in landscape architecture and allied disciplines such as issues and concerns based on gender, race, sexual orientation, sexual identity, culture, ethnicity and/or other perceived differences. Other topics include fairness, equity, inclusion, and/ or cultivating a culture of inclusivity in leadership, activism and advocacy for all people across landscapes.
The CELA accepts film as a research method or creative process for landscape architecture. Films can be submitted under any of the traditional CELA track themes or Theme Track for The CELA 2021 Conference. Authors will need to provide a URL link to their film prior to early bird registration in order to be scheduled during the conference and are expected to attend in person during the viewing of their film presentation. Film presentation(s) will be subject to the same time and presentation requirements with typical submissions. Limited number of submissions will be selected for this option. Authors have the option of submitting a paper for review.
* denotes Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) tracks.