Bat and drone

Cloud and Field

The “Cloud” encompasses terrifyingly majestic terrains: salt flats, pit mines, microscopic architectures, troves of magic machines. We don’t quite know where, or how, to look at it all. So we’ve commissioned field guides to train our perception. Yet what those guides ultimately demonstrate is their own necessary partiality. In their quest for clarity, they point us to the very things that fall through the cracks or fail to conform.

On the resurgence of “field guides” in a networked age. We’ve moved from birding to dronewatching, from natural history to dark ecology. But are we still looking through colonialist binoculars?




  • Belmont Freeman
  • Simon Sadler
  • david-heymann
  • Keith Eggener

Belmont Freeman

Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

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Simon Sadler

Simon Sadler is a columnist for Places. He teaches the history and theory of architecture, design, and urbanism across several programs at the University of California, Davis, where he is a professor in the Department of Design.

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David Heymann

David Heymann is a columnist for Places. He is an architect, and the Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Keith Eggener

Keith Eggener is a columnist for Places. He is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon.

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