Places Journal https://placesjournal.org Public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:12:24 +0000 en-us hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 The Shape of Space https://placesjournal.org/article/the-shape-of-space/ Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:39:03 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=48746 What the orbital space habitats designed for NASA in 1975 can teach us about living in new geometries. What the orbital space habitats designed for NASA in 1975 can teach us about living in new geometries.

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Minecraft and Me https://placesjournal.org/article/minecraft-and-me/ Tue, 07 Aug 2018 16:07:21 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=48516 As the landscapes found within computer games have become more elaborate, they have become more important, and so has the time we spend within them. As the landscapes found within computer games have become more elaborate, they have become more important, and so has the time we spend within them.

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“The Town Was Us” https://placesjournal.org/article/the-town-was-us/ Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:16:27 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=48414 How the New England town became the model landscape for direct democracy and local sense of place. How the New England town became the model landscape for direct democracy and local sense of place.

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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. 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.

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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. In the historic fountains of the Eternal City, the relationship between water, architecture, and the body is never less than complicated.

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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? 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?

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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. In the coal country of Southeast Ohio, the past is a renewable resource, growing larger every year.

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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. 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.

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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. 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.

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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. From campground to crab shack to suburban backyard, the ingenious form of the picnic table has remained largely unchanged since the 1930s.

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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.’ As hospice design becomes more formally ambitious — and standardized — we should remember there is no universal model for ‘dying well.’

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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. Los Angeles and its river have long been enmeshed in an epic struggle for control.

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