RISD Landscape exists at the intersection between ecological systems, human and non-human communities, and built environments. Through creative practices, landscape architects critically reflect on social, cultural and ecological issues, disciplinary and interdisciplinary relations, and practices attuned to complex contemporary territories. They explore design approaches to address the effects of climate change, urbanization, social justice, and environmental degradation.

This year, thirty-three MLA students have work featured in the Grad Show. They were encouraged to consider Landscape Utopias as a way into envisioning future possibilities amidst an atypical and challenging year. They took this defining moment as an opportunity to develop approaches to site specificity, imagine strategic and multi-scalar landscape frameworks, and to constantly bridge between theory and practice to resituate the discipline.