Call for Proposals

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until October 2, 2018.

In response to the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service in 2016 and the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System in 2018, Prefigurative Park Services is seeking proposals for new parks and trails, broadly defined, which contribute to its core mission of preserving political possibility and connecting otherwise. PPS is interested in projects that both interrogate the historical meanings of parks and trails and re-imagine their spatial forms, social processes, and emancipatory functions in the twenty-first century, particularly in relation to unfolding ecological and economic crises.

Prefigurative Park Services is accepting proposals on a rolling basis, between now and October 2, 2018, which is the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. Initial proposals should be approximately 1000 words, and may include maps and images. Please submit proposals to prefigurativeparkservices@gmail.com. Anyone can contribute. Artists, geographers, historians, park enthusiasts, park detractors, thru-hikers, day hikers, writers, activists, educators, youth groups, designers, architects, landscape architects, etc. Send us a proposal and let’s talk.

On May 25, 2016—three months prior to the National Park Service centennial—PPS will begin featuring a new proposal every two months until 2018. By unveiling the proposals in stages over a period of two years, PPS hopes to generate a critical dialogue around each project and to allow early projects to inspire and shape subsequent proposals. Ultimately, the fully developed projects will be featured in an exhibition, catalogue, and online archive. PPS will also launch a podcast and poster series in 2016.