Show Me:
The Green New Deal

Alluding to Missouri’s nickname as the “Show Me State,” Show Me: The Green New Deal is a Missouri-focused Landscape Architecture Studio that took place in fall 2020 at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and Washington University in St. Louis. Part of the historic, nation-wide Superstudio, Show Me sought to translate the core goals of the Green New Deal (congressional resolution H.RES.109) into region-specific design and planning projects. Show Me tackles the complex and interwoven issues of climate change, environmental degradation and social inequity through the development of GND-inspired, innovative, and land-based sustainable enterprises on a 120-acre former coal strip mine near Colombia, Missouri.

This studio contained four modules: M0: Welcome, M1: What/Why?, M2:Where?, M3:Peek, and M4:Show. Use the menu above to check out our vision for a more sustainable, just, innovative and resilient Missouri.

Danni Hu, Dongzhe Tao, Haihan Qu, Jinhui Lyu, Lei Liu, Mengying Li, Nick Oriss, Qi Zhang, Qinyi Li, Sebastian Jin, Xue Ying, Yiqi Jiang, and Yiqi Xu

Instructor | L. Irene Compadre
Teaching Assistant | John Whitaker

Welcome To Missouri – Year 2070

We kicked off the semester by creating individual “Welcome to Missouri” billboards, set in the year 2070, based on the idea that Missouri adopts some or all parts of the Green New Deal Policies in 2020.   Through these posters you can see a wide variety of perspectives on the future - some optimistic, others somewhat dystopian - but all internalizing individual Missouri focused narratives related to the future of housing, transportation, infrastructure, urbanization, agriculture, culture, ecological systems, and climate change.

Module 1: What & Why?

In this 3-week problem (and opportunity) defining module, we deeply researched and analyzed the Green New Deal bill to develop our own studio goals, and studied existing systems and infrastructure across Missouri looking for major opportunities for a better future. We developed the following opportunity studies: Show Me: A better-connected Missouri, An Ecologically Resilient Missouri, and Economically Sustainable Missouri, An Energy Renewable Missouri, A Regenerative Agriculture for Missouri, A more Equitable Missouri, and an Aware Culture of Innovation Missouri. Each study performed by groups of 2-3 students, involved a rigorous mapping and diagramming of the related conditions across the state to understand how these systems work, what interconnected relationships exist between conditions, and where the greatest opportunities are for change. The studies also included a case study to demonstrate how existing and speculative sustainable land-based enterprises and industries obliterating the status quo, and what performative goals our future proposals would have.

What is the Green New Deal framework?


Module 2: Where?

In this 3-week site analysis module, we were introduced to our studio pilot site, a 120-acre former strip mine located off of the I-70 corridor near Colombia, Missouri. In Where? We worked in groups of 4 to 6 students to translate the regional system analysis of M1 to the site scale, and also to delve deeply into the existing site conditions (topography, hydrology, history, geology, ecology, context and community, access and connections) to ground us and our later work in an understanding of existing site challenges and opportunities.

Module 3: PEEK

In this quick one-week charette we (individually) synthesized the findings of M1: What? / Why? and M2: Where? into a catalog of potential site specific GND-inspired, speculative, land-based enterprises. We each studied two potential enterprises, and selected one (or a hybrid of both) for refinement in the final Module, Show!

Module 4: Show!

In this Final 6-week long module, each student will expand on the significant set of ideas, systems, and objectives that emerge from our previous research and analysis in Module’s 1-3 by individually developing a unique, highly-resolved, land-based, GND-inspired, sustainable enterprise for the 120-acre property. Our work is intended to be conceptually cohesive; rigorously researched; comprehensively resolved at a variety of key scales; and should integrate sustainable and symbiotic systems, temporal planning and speculation, and innovative future facing strategies.

Site Specific | Enterprises should be grounded-in site and context conditions, and responsive to the issues and opportunities developed during M2: Where? research. 

Land-Based | To be considered land-based, enterprises must engage the land through use and operation. While there are many buildings (interior) minded enterprises that could passively occupy the site, propositions must be landscape-architectural in nature and based on land-engagement (extraction, harvesting, recreation, occupation, etc.)

GND SHOW ME Opportunity Mappings
Environmental Sustainability
Social Equity & Economic Sustainability

Studio SHOW ME Opportunity Mappings
A Regenerative Agriculture for Missouri, A Better-Connected Missouri, An Ecologically Resilient Missouri, An Energy Renewable Missouri, A More Equitable Missouri, An Economically Sustainable Missouri, An Aware Culture of Innovation in Missouri   
Innovative | Be BOLD, passionate, provokative and forward-thinking! This studio is not looking for you to reproduce unsustainable and antiquated models of site design, ecological restoration, land-development, and land-based economies but is looking for new, exciting, and innovative solutions. Be passionate, look to your case studies for inspiration, and strive for innovation through design.

Sustainable | Closed-loop systems (internal and external to site), Regenerative strategies (not only maintaining a status quo, but target regeneration where possible); Multi-functional developments; Multi-beneficiaries’ priorities; Self-sustaining; Resilient (ecologically/ economically)

Enterprise | Illustrate a believable, economically self-sustaining, profitable venture (even if imagined operating entity is an alternative business form such as social-enterprise, cooperative, non-profit, B-Corporation). Self-Sustaining here means without a dependence on donation and grant driven models from private donors, educational-institutions and governments. Educational institutions, government bodies and individuals may contribute to your enterprise as paying clients, but this must be in exchange for a value or service your enterprise is providing.
LAND 601 | Show Me: The Green New DealSam Fox School of Design & Visual ArtsWashington University in St. LouisInstructor: L. Irene Compadre

The Green New Deal

A Missouri Contributor to the 2020 National Superstudio