Places Journal https://placesjournal.org Public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism Sat, 21 Jul 2018 11:03:01 +0000 en-us hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Community Plumbing https://placesjournal.org/article/community-plumbing-a-history-of-the-hardware-store/ Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:18:30 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=48166 Let’s hear it for the neighborhood hardware store. Here, amidst the nuts and bolts, we cultivate the potential to order things, places, communities, politics, and values — we might even say, to build and repair worlds. Community Let’s hear it for the neighborhood hardware store. Here, amidst the nuts and bolts, we cultivate the potential to order things, places, communities, politics, and values — we might even say, to build and repair worlds.

]]>
When in Rome https://placesjournal.org/article/when-in-rome/ Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:33:56 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=47881 In the historic fountains of the Eternal City, the relationship between water, architecture, and the body is never less than complicated. History In the historic fountains of the Eternal City, the relationship between water, architecture, and the body is never less than complicated.

]]>
Directions https://placesjournal.org/article/directions/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 17:02:26 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=45570 Giving and getting directions is an unsung ritual of civic life, a measure of local knowledge and belonging. But what happens when your neighborhood, your city, seem to have lost their way? History Giving and getting directions is an unsung ritual of civic life, a measure of local knowledge and belonging. But what happens when your neighborhood, your city, seem to have lost their way?

]]>
Mitigations https://placesjournal.org/article/mitigations/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:43:43 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=47393 In the coal country of Southeast Ohio, the past is a renewable resource, growing larger every year. Environment In the coal country of Southeast Ohio, the past is a renewable resource, growing larger every year.

]]>
Marcel Breuer and the Invention of Heavy Lightness https://placesjournal.org/article/marcel-breuer-and-the-invention-of-heavy-lightness/ Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:00:18 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=46913 In a series of institutional masterworks, Marcel Breuer sought to reconcile vernacular tradition with contemporary expression and an acceptance of the complexity of modern life. Architecture In a series of institutional masterworks, Marcel Breuer sought to reconcile vernacular tradition with contemporary expression and an acceptance of the complexity of modern life.

]]>
The Flexible Heart of the Home https://placesjournal.org/article/home-economics-and-flexible-design/ Tue, 29 May 2018 16:36:01 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=46230 Issues of gender, disability, and user-centeredness have long been relegated to the margins of design history. A new look at postwar home economics complicates the prevailing narratives. Architecture Issues of gender, disability, and user-centeredness have long been relegated to the margins of design history. A new look at postwar home economics complicates the prevailing narratives.

]]>
An Illustrated History of the Picnic Table https://placesjournal.org/article/an-illustrated-history-of-the-picnic-table/ Wed, 23 May 2018 14:08:25 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=46293 From campground to crab shack to suburban backyard, the ingenious form of the picnic table has remained largely unchanged since the 1930s. History From campground to crab shack to suburban backyard, the ingenious form of the picnic table has remained largely unchanged since the 1930s.

]]>
End Stages https://placesjournal.org/article/end-stages-hospice-design/ Tue, 15 May 2018 16:46:09 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=45987 As hospice design becomes more formally ambitious — and standardized — we should remember there is no universal model for ‘dying well.’ Architecture As hospice design becomes more formally ambitious — and standardized — we should remember there is no universal model for ‘dying well.’

]]>
Willful Waters https://placesjournal.org/article/willful-waters-los-angeles-river/ Tue, 08 May 2018 14:47:21 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=44937 Los Angeles and its river have long been enmeshed in an epic struggle for control. Environment Los Angeles and its river have long been enmeshed in an epic struggle for control.

]]>
These Studies Led to Further Studies https://placesjournal.org/article/these-studies-led-to-further-studies/ Tue, 01 May 2018 16:35:40 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=45359 A journey along the abandoned Karachi Circular Railway. Infrastructure A journey along the abandoned Karachi Circular Railway.

]]>
Into the Uncanny Valley https://placesjournal.org/article/into-the-uncanny-valley/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:50:38 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=44885 It is disconcerting when we can’t quite sort out the relationship of an image to the world. Architecture It is disconcerting when we can’t quite sort out the relationship of an image to the world.

]]>
Databodies in Codespace https://placesjournal.org/article/databodies-in-codespace/ Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:01:22 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=45045 As the bioengineering of people and cities converges, where do we locate the public sphere? Community As the bioengineering of people and cities converges, where do we locate the public sphere?

]]>
Beyond the Map: Spikescapes and Wild Strawberries https://placesjournal.org/article/beyond-the-map-spikescapes-and-wild-strawberries/ Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:45:25 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=44400 Geography is getting stranger: the map is breaking up. Now we need to attend to the unnatural places, the escape zones and gap spaces, sites of bewilderment and unease. Geography Geography is getting stranger: the map is breaking up. Now we need to attend to the unnatural places, the escape zones and gap spaces, sites of bewilderment and unease.

]]>
The Photographer and Architecture https://placesjournal.org/article/naoya-hatakeyama-the-photographer-and-architecture/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:01:09 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=44731 Photography is a ship carrying light and space and heading toward the future. Photography Photography is a ship carrying light and space and heading toward the future.

]]>
Your Sea Wall Won’t Save You https://placesjournal.org/article/your-sea-wall-wont-save-you/ Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:28:21 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=44513 Negotiating rhetorics and imaginaries of climate resilience in Jakarta, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, and Bangkok. Climate Negotiating rhetorics and imaginaries of climate resilience in Jakarta, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, and Bangkok.

]]>
What Happens After the Worst Happens? https://placesjournal.org/article/photographs-of-mount-st-helens/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:40:35 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=44226 New photographs of Mount St. Helens, alongside classic views by Frank Gohlke, show the land’s extraordinary response after the 1980 eruption. Environment New photographs of Mount St. Helens, alongside classic views by Frank Gohlke, show the land’s extraordinary response after the 1980 eruption.

]]>
A Map of Radical Bewilderment https://placesjournal.org/article/a-map-of-radical-bewilderment/ Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:40:25 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=44078 Forget his reputation as a nature writer. Henry David Thoreau was also a highly trained, well regarded, disciplined though eccentric land surveyor. Environment Forget his reputation as a nature writer. Henry David Thoreau was also a highly trained, well regarded, disciplined though eccentric land surveyor.

]]>
The Disposition of Drones https://placesjournal.org/article/the-disposition-of-drones/ Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:01:30 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=43709 At the U.S. Army’s reconnaissance drone training facility, a team of artists examines the relations between perception, technology, and power. Photography At the U.S. Army’s reconnaissance drone training facility, a team of artists examines the relations between perception, technology, and power.

]]>
The Invention of Wessex https://placesjournal.org/article/the-invention-of-wessex-thomas-hardy-as-architect/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:51:20 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=43560 Rem Koolhaas, the Smithsons, Venturi and Scott Brown … and Thomas Hardy? The famed 19th-century author was also a radical architect. Architecture Rem Koolhaas, the Smithsons, Venturi and Scott Brown … and Thomas Hardy? The famed 19th-century author was also a radical architect.

]]>
Apostle and Apostate https://placesjournal.org/article/josef-franks-modernist-vision-accidentism/ Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:19:03 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=43375 Josef Frank’s humanist manifesto “Accidentism” denounced the banality of orthodox modernism and called for a new pluralism in design. Architecture Josef Frank’s humanist manifesto “Accidentism” denounced the banality of orthodox modernism and called for a new pluralism in design.

]]>
The Modern Urbanism of Cook's Camden https://placesjournal.org/article/the-modern-urbanism-of-cooks-camden/ Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:00:46 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=43013 The council housing designed 50 years ago for a progressive London borough remains a potent symbol of the achievements of postwar social democracy. Architecture The council housing designed 50 years ago for a progressive London borough remains a potent symbol of the achievements of postwar social democracy.

]]>
Rexford Guy Tugwell and the Case for Big Urbanism https://placesjournal.org/article/rexford-guy-tugwell-and-the-case-for-big-urbanism/ Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:14:55 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=42738 New York City’s first planning commissioner lost a bigger battle against Robert Moses than the fight Jane Jacobs won. History New York City’s first planning commissioner lost a bigger battle against Robert Moses than the fight Jane Jacobs won.

]]>
Prop and Property https://placesjournal.org/article/prop-and-property-the-house-in-american-film/ Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:48:06 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=42053 On the relations between race, property, and spectacle in Gone with the Wind and To Kill a Mockingbird. Architecture On the relations between race, property, and spectacle in Gone with the Wind and To Kill a Mockingbird.

]]>
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.

]]>