Lunch is a design research journal edited by students at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.
Lunch 12: Tactics. Abstracts due Dec. 19, 2016; full submissions due Feb. 20, 2017. The city is at a critical moment—emerging spatial, ecological, and social crises have called into question the validity of established urban logics. As designers, we are uniquely equipped to act when the constructed frameworks of society inhibit progress. In the face of such systemic problems, designers can most effectively provoke concrete change by rejecting the rigid and conventional in favor of the tactical. Subversive and experimental in their nature, and informed by a pragmatic specificity, tactical operations transform our modes of perception and engagement. Through their transparency, these operations achieve a responsive and equitable built environment in which the inhabitant is not simply a user, but an empowered actor. Lunch seeks critical research, speculative design, and incisive built work that employs tactical problemsolving: invention through constraint, reconfiguration of accepted practices, and the urgency of the here and now.