Places Journal https://placesjournal.org Public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism Thu, 21 Feb 2019 23:47:43 +0000 en-us hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 Cisco Trash Map https://placesjournal.org/article/cisco-trash-map/ Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:14:38 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=53149 On railroads, oil rigs, uranium mines, 7-11 pizzas, Thelma and Louise, ruination, salvage, and the limits of the garbage gaze. On railroads, oil rigs, uranium mines, 7-11 pizzas, Thelma and Louise, ruination, salvage, and the limits of the garbage gaze.

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The Domestication of the Garage https://placesjournal.org/article/j-b-jackson-the-domestication-of-the-garage/ Tue, 05 Feb 2019 17:06:33 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=52662 J.B. Jackson’s 1976 essay on the evolution of the American garage displays his rare ability to combine deep erudition with eloquent and plainspoken analysis. J.B. Jackson’s 1976 essay on the evolution of the American garage displays his rare ability to combine deep erudition with eloquent and plainspoken analysis.

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The Land Where Birds Are Grown https://placesjournal.org/article/the-land-where-birds-are-grown/ Tue, 29 Jan 2019 17:39:59 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=52749 A visit to the engineered wetlands of California’s intensively cultivated Central Valley. A visit to the engineered wetlands of California’s intensively cultivated Central Valley.

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Imagining a Past Future https://placesjournal.org/article/imagining-a-past-future/ Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:52:53 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=52440 City planner John B. Williams — and the photographic archive he commissioned — give us the opportunity to complicate received stories of failed urban renewal. City planner John B. Williams — and the photographic archive he commissioned — give us the opportunity to complicate received stories of failed urban renewal.

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Children with architectural model.

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Confucius and Mao at the Mall https://placesjournal.org/article/confucius-and-mao-at-the-mall/ Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:05:54 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=52142 In China, local and regional governments are spending lavishly to establish a new kind of public space, marked by a fusion of Communist, nationalist, and capitalist symbols. In China, local and regional governments are spending lavishly to establish a new kind of public space, marked by a fusion of Communist, nationalist, and capitalist symbols.

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Open and Shut https://placesjournal.org/article/open-and-shut/ Tue, 08 Jan 2019 18:16:58 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=52170 Two recent books offer compelling perspectives on the debate between private interest and public good. They also raise provocative questions about an activist agenda for the design disciplines. Two recent books offer compelling perspectives on the debate between private interest and public good. They also raise provocative questions about an activist agenda for the design disciplines.

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The Butterfly Dream https://placesjournal.org/article/fairy-tale-architecture-zhuangzi-the-butterfly-dream/ Wed, 19 Dec 2018 17:00:11 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=51643 In this famous parable, Zhuangzi asks, What is the nature of reality? Are we the dreamers, or are we being dreamed? In this famous parable, Zhuangzi asks, What is the nature of reality? Are we the dreamers, or are we being dreamed?

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Little Red Riding Hood https://placesjournal.org/article/fairy-tale-architecture-little-red-riding-hood/ Tue, 18 Dec 2018 17:22:07 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=51641 Just as ‘girl, wolf, woods’ signals this familiar fairy tale, ‘gable, lintel, square cutout, arc’ signals Robert Venturi’s Mother’s House. Just as ‘girl, wolf, woods’ signals this familiar fairy tale, ‘gable, lintel, square cutout, arc’ signals Robert Venturi’s Mother’s House.

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Fairy Tale Architecture, design for Little Red Riding Home

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The Death of Koschei the Deathless https://placesjournal.org/article/fairy-tale-architecture-koschei-the-deathless/ Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:30:24 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=51637 A fearful man seeks to escape death through an obsessive nesting of forms within forms and spaces within spaces. A fearful man seeks to escape death through an obsessive nesting of forms within forms and spaces within spaces.

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Full Fathom Five https://placesjournal.org/article/full-fathom-five/ Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:22:42 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=51442 As the Brexit deadline looms, the disused airfields of the Second World War can be seen not simply as relics of a patriotic war but as warnings of the dangers of hubris and isolationism. As the Brexit deadline looms, the disused airfields of the Second World War can be seen not simply as relics of a patriotic war but as warnings of the dangers of hubris and isolationism.

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Memorandum on the Plan for Jerusalem https://placesjournal.org/article/lewis-mumford-on-the-plan-for-jerusalem/ Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:42:22 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=51011 Decades ago Lewis Mumford argued passionately that Jerusalem should become a world city, both de-politicized and de-nationalized. His argument remains powerful and problematic. Decades ago Lewis Mumford argued passionately that Jerusalem should become a world city, both de-politicized and de-nationalized. His argument remains powerful and problematic.

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"Dreaming True" https://placesjournal.org/article/martha-brookes-hutcheson-and-feminist-ecology/ Tue, 27 Nov 2018 17:08:55 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=article&p=51105 For nearly half a century, the pioneering landscape architect Martha Brookes Hutcheson used her own farm to empower women and to build an ecological design theory through action. For nearly half a century, the pioneering landscape architect Martha Brookes Hutcheson used her own farm to empower women and to build an ecological design theory through action.

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