TRB Standing Committee on Landscape and Environmental Design: Call for Papers

by Christine Colley, RLA, ASLA

TRB AKD40 Committee Members surveying a roadway project near Irvine, California as part of the 2023 Mid-Year Meeting. / image: Willson McBurney, ASLA, TRB AKD40 Committee Chair

The Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Landscape and Environmental Design (AKD40) invites students, academics, researchers, and practitioners to develop papers to be considered for publication and/or presentation at TRB’s 2024 Annual Meeting, January 7-11 in Washington, DC.

The Committee is concerned with design parameters that relate to protecting, conserving, restoring, and enhancing safe, sustainable, and livable transportation systems, facilities, and their associated environments. The Committee promotes research to advance design principles and practices that enhance:

  • safety and traveler experiences,
  • scenic, aesthetic, and visual quality,
  • harmonious integration of facilities within their natural, cultural, and social environments,
  • sustainable solutions and systems, and
  • the quality of life for transportation system users and surrounding communities.

Topics identified by the AKD40 Committee as being critical areas of research include:

  • Energy and Sustainability – design, policies, and practices to protect the planet.
  • Policy needs related to the roadside environment and autonomous vehicle technology.
  • Resilience and Security – preparing for floods, fires, storms, and sea level rise.
  • Transformational technologies that will change how transportation environments could be retrofitted or rebuilt.
  • Roadside design to serve growing and shifting populations.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, August 1, 2023.

Authors interested in submitting papers are advised to check the Instructions for Authors webpage and read the submission requirements. Authors submitting in response to this Call for Papers should submit full papers for peer review to the Transportation Research Board online. When submitting, please indicate the Call for Papers title if you want your paper to be associated with a call. Note that this will not affect your chances of acceptance.

The paper submission website will close when it is no longer August 1 anywhere in the world.

Christine Colley, RLA, ASLA, is a Senior Landscape Architect at the New York State Department of Transportation, Committee Member of the TRB Standing Committee on Landscape and Environmental Design (AKD40), and is The Field editor for ASLA’s Transportation Professional Practice Network (PPN).

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