Places Journal https://placesjournal.org Public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:21:49 +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. 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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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. 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. 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. 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? 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. Sustainability should be revolutionary to architectural form. But it hasn’t been, at least not yet.

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