SPOOL is an open access journal in the field of architecture and the built environment that revolves around different threads, from which it derives its name. Treating the topics as threads within one journal allows SPOOL to focus on the interrelationship between the fields. One of the threads is the landscape metropolis.
The issue 'Drawing Time' departs from the observation that the metropolitan landscape is subject to time, in many ways. Time aspects of the metropolitan landscape can be found in processes of growth and decay, seasonal manifestations, disruptive forces of wind and water and in the ways in which humans inhabit and use space or in which urban development processes take place. Designing for the metropolitan landscape means dealing with a wide range of dynamic phenomena, unstable systems and variable conditions. It implies the exploration of future situations, bridging time spans from seasons to decades and design tasks from small-scale interventions to large-scale strategies. It connects landscape operations that build upon the garden, the park and the forest to complex, layered design strategies for transformation, migration and climate change. This Spool issue discusses the importance of time in such design processes, and its reciprocal relation to representation.