Places Journal https://placesjournal.org Public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:05:39 +0000 en-us hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 The Art of Public Service https://placesjournal.org/article/the-art-of-public-service/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:05:02 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=41108 A century ago Frank Pick worked to make the London Underground not just efficient but also aspirational — an environment that would add dignity and delight to the daily commute. History A century ago Frank Pick worked to make the London Underground not just efficient but also aspirational — an environment that would add dignity and delight to the daily commute.

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“Devoted forever to popular resort and recreation” https://placesjournal.org/article/yosemite-and-the-future-of-the-national-park/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:38:03 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=42083 The Trump administration is working to undo one of the guiding principles of U.S. conservation: that the nation’s great national parks should be accessible to the broadest possible public. Environment The Trump administration is working to undo one of the guiding principles of U.S. conservation: that the nation’s great national parks should be accessible to the broadest possible public.

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Spires and Gyres https://placesjournal.org/article/spires-and-gyres/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:41:40 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=41191 Contemporary Jakarta is a megalopolis of monuments and mosques, towers and malls — spires and gyres. It is also a fiercely insistent projection of Indonesian independence. Architecture Contemporary Jakarta is a megalopolis of monuments and mosques, towers and malls — spires and gyres. It is also a fiercely insistent projection of Indonesian independence.

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People-Mapping Through Google Street View https://placesjournal.org/article/people-mapping-through-google-street-view/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:51:26 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=40254 A study comparing images of New Orleans in 2007 and 2016 found a striking increase in the number of people (and bicycles) occupying public space. Geography A study comparing images of New Orleans in 2007 and 2016 found a striking increase in the number of people (and bicycles) occupying public space.

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The Big Data of Ice, Rocks, Soils, and Sediments https://placesjournal.org/article/the-big-data-of-ice-rocks-soils-and-sediments/ Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:44:59 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=41512 Inside the material archives of climate science, which get wilder and dirtier the deeper you go. Climate Inside the material archives of climate science, which get wilder and dirtier the deeper you go.

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Tradition for Sale https://placesjournal.org/article/tradition-for-sale/ Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:21:33 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=40783 A neo-Gothic superblock at Yale exemplifies a troubling trend. All too often universities abdicate leadership in promoting architectural innovation as they pander to plutocratic donors. Architecture A neo-Gothic superblock at Yale exemplifies a troubling trend. All too often universities abdicate leadership in promoting architectural innovation as they pander to plutocratic donors.

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The Last Fire and the Next One https://placesjournal.org/article/the-last-fire-and-the-next-one/ Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:34:53 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=41218 It’s fair to ask whether we should rebuild in disaster-prone areas. But aren’t we all vulnerable now, to one degree or another? The landscape of disaster is changing. Climate It’s fair to ask whether we should rebuild in disaster-prone areas. But aren’t we all vulnerable now, to one degree or another? The landscape of disaster is changing.

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(Not So) Anti-Architecture https://placesjournal.org/article/revisiting-robin-boyds-anti-architecture/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:44:50 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=40091 Robin Boyd was the most famous architecture critic Australia ever produced. In a still relevant essay from 1968, he calls for architects to cast aside their perennial political timidity. Architecture Robin Boyd was the most famous architecture critic Australia ever produced. In a still relevant essay from 1968, he calls for architects to cast aside their perennial political timidity.

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"Housing Is Everybody's Problem" https://placesjournal.org/article/housing-is-everybodys-problem/ Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:28:46 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=40001 Largely forgotten today, Morris Milgram was a pioneer of multiracial suburban housing. His legacy in the fight for fair housing in America deserves to be remembered. History Largely forgotten today, Morris Milgram was a pioneer of multiracial suburban housing. His legacy in the fight for fair housing in America deserves to be remembered.

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Mapping’s Intelligent Agents https://placesjournal.org/article/mappings-intelligent-agents/ Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:42:29 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=40379 How do machine intelligences read and write the world? And what Other intelligences deserve our attention? Geography How do machine intelligences read and write the world? And what Other intelligences deserve our attention?

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The Ugly Pet https://placesjournal.org/article/the-ugly-pet/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:49:42 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=39483 Sustainability should be revolutionary to architectural form. But it hasn’t been, at least not yet. Architecture Sustainability should be revolutionary to architectural form. But it hasn’t been, at least not yet.

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Eadweard Muybridge’s Secret Cloud Collection https://placesjournal.org/article/eadweard-muybridges-secret-cloud-collection/ Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:33:27 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=39935 Is it possible to rephotograph a scene that never existed? The fake landscapes of “Eduardo Santiago” embody the complexities and contradictions of representational art. History Is it possible to rephotograph a scene that never existed? The fake landscapes of “Eduardo Santiago” embody the complexities and contradictions of representational art.

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A Fortuitous Shadow https://placesjournal.org/article/a-fortuitous-shadow/ Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:46:22 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=39763 In architecture as in politics, debates about identity — regional, national, international — are fraught. Architecture In architecture as in politics, debates about identity — regional, national, international — are fraught.

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Surface to Unlimited: A Visit to Spaceport America https://placesjournal.org/article/surface-to-unlimited-spaceport-america/ Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:27:21 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=39606 Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, has long depended on tourism. Now spaceflight has been folded into its mythos, at the dawn of the Second Space Age. Architecture Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, has long depended on tourism. Now spaceflight has been folded into its mythos, at the dawn of the Second Space Age.

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Poems as Maps: An Introduction https://placesjournal.org/article/poems-as-maps/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:18:48 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=38910 We use maps to find our way in the world, to locate ourselves in relation to others, to measure distance and record change. Community We use maps to find our way in the world, to locate ourselves in relation to others, to measure distance and record change.

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Barbershop https://placesjournal.org/article/barbershop/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:18:39 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=39044 Keep turning past the old town hall, which is the new library, then the old library, which is now the senior center. Keep turning past the old town hall, which is the new library, then the old library, which is now the senior center.

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In Newport I Watch My Father... https://placesjournal.org/article/in-newport-i-watch-my-father-lay-his-cheek-to-a-beached-dolphins-wet-back/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:18:37 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=39035 I am swinging open the passenger door. I am running toward a rusted horizon, running out of a country to run out of. I am swinging open the passenger door. I am running toward a rusted horizon, running out of a country to run out of.

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where’s carolina? https://placesjournal.org/article/wheres-carolina/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:18:34 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=39039 East of childhood, north of capitol offenses, just west of a big blue treasure chest : wet coffin of neglected bones. East of childhood, north of capitol offenses, just west of a big blue treasure chest : wet coffin of neglected bones.

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My Singularity https://placesjournal.org/article/my-singularity/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:18:30 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=39040 When I was a nothing but light, traveling at my own speed toward the planet, I had no past. I had no body to destroy. When I was a nothing but light, traveling at my own speed toward the planet, I had no past. I had no body to destroy.

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Cattails https://placesjournal.org/article/cattails/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:18:28 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=39018 One woman drives across five states just to see her. The woman being driven to has no idea anyone’s headed her way. One woman drives across five states just to see her. The woman being driven to has no idea anyone’s headed her way.

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I Was Born… Redux https://placesjournal.org/article/i-was-born-redux/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:18:27 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=39070 Generations all together in that house, still standing. Plumb lines hang down straight, towards the center of the world. Generations all together in that house, still standing. Plumb lines hang down straight, towards the center of the world.

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Overture: Watermelon City https://placesjournal.org/article/overture-watermelon-city/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:18:22 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=38999 Hello, holy rollers who plug in their amps, blow out the power in the building, preach to the street from the stoop. Hello, holy rollers who plug in their amps, blow out the power in the building, preach to the street from the stoop.

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eighteen https://placesjournal.org/article/eighteen/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:18:18 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=39038 She remembers those 18 hours of hunger, those 18 years of struggle, the 18 Trans sistas showing each other love. She remembers those 18 hours of hunger, those 18 years of struggle, the 18 Trans sistas showing each other love.

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And the Waves https://placesjournal.org/article/and-the-waves/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:18:16 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=39032 Yes, I am Vietnamese, and yes, I am from New Orleans. We thought the worst was over. Then the water came. Yes, I am Vietnamese, and yes, I am from New Orleans. We thought the worst was over. Then the water came.

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