ARID: A Journal of Desert Art, Design and Ecology’s programmatic theme for Fall 2013 focuses on the Centenary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct—a controversial 233 mile-long hydraulic water conveyance system that has historically been the primary source of potable water for the city of Los Angeles since the aqueduct was first put into service in 1913.
The fates of urban Los Angeles and rural Owens Valley—where the water originates—are explicitly linked together through a contentious past and yet to be determined future. ARID envisions the centenary of Big Water in the western United States as an opportunity for the various stakeholders, including Los Angeles area city dwellers, rural residents and tribal members of the Owens Valley along with engineers, farmers, scientists, historians, activists, artists, and designers to reexamine water practices and policies that link these shared destinies while considering alternative visions for renegotiating a shared future.
ARID will fund a number of commissioned essays and existing projects related to this theme for this special Fall 2013 issue. We welcome proposals to our four editorial sections that include Pedagogies, Practices, Policies and Perspectives. Selected projects and essays will receive a honorarium for each completed published work. To submit a proposal, please follow our editorial submission guidelines at: http://aridjournal.com/submissions/. Proposals for this issue must be received by June 15, 2013 to be considered. Works selected for online publication will be announced by July 1, 2013. Final submissions must be received by July 15, 2013.