Places Journal https://placesjournal.org Public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:19:23 +0000 en-us hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 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. Rem Koolhaas, the Smithsons, Venturi and Scott Brown … and Thomas Hardy? The famed 19th-century author was also a radical architect.

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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. Josef Frank’s humanist manifesto “Accidentism” denounced the banality of orthodox modernism and called for a new pluralism in design.

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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. The council housing designed 50 years ago for a progressive London borough remains a potent symbol of the achievements of postwar social democracy.

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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. New York City’s first planning commissioner lost a bigger battle against Robert Moses than the fight Jane Jacobs won.

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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. On the relations between race, property, and spectacle in Gone with the Wind and To Kill a Mockingbird.

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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. 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. 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. 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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Arcus/Places Prize Winners https://placesjournal.org/news/arcusplaces-prize-winners/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:55:43 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=news&p=41623 Jack Halberstam and Lucas Crawford have been selected as the 2018 and 2019 recipients of the Arcus/Places Prize. Jack Halberstam and Lucas Crawford have been selected as the 2018 and 2019 recipients of the Arcus/Places Prize.

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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. 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. 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. 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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