Places Wire https://placesjournal.org/places-wire News and commentary from around the web, selected by Places editors. Mon, 09 Dec 2019 14:45:46 +0000 en-us hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.3 The one-traffic light town with some of the fastest broadband in the U.S. Sat, 07 Dec 2019 21:52:29 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=60026 Coöperatives, municipalities, and smaller, regional companies, like Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative (P.R.T.C.) in Jackson County, Kentucky, are building the necessary infrastructure to deliver broadband to otherwise overlooked communities.

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The one-traffic light town with some of the fastest broadband in the U.S.
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America’s largest mass timber building opens at the University of Arkansas Sat, 07 Dec 2019 20:54:19 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=60023 Adohi Hall, a 202,027-square-foot residential project led by Leers Weinzapfel Associates, features a series of interconnected structures constructed from cross-laminated timber.

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America’s largest mass timber building opens at the University of Arkansas
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The Empty Houses That Foreign Aid Built Sat, 07 Dec 2019 20:45:41 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=60018 Aceh would have been much worse off without the aid that was rushed in to rebuild in after the 2004 tsunami, but whether the goal of “build back better” was fully achieved is debatable.

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The Empty Houses That Foreign Aid Built
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A Closer Look at the New York Subway Map Sat, 07 Dec 2019 20:30:58 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=60015 The M.T.A. subway map is a record of how graphic design, politics, and geography have shaped the city over the last forty years.

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A Closer Look at the New York Subway Map
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Accelerating Equity in Electric Cars Sat, 07 Dec 2019 20:14:40 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=60009 For electric passenger vehicles to become affordable for all, local, state, and federal policymakers need to knock down the barriers that the market does not address. (Also see “The Twilight of Autopia,” in Places.)

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Accelerating Equity in Electric Cars
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How Amazon Wove Itself Into the Life of an American City Sat, 07 Dec 2019 19:23:25 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=60006 A look at Baltimore shows how Amazon may now reach into Americans’ daily existence in more ways than any corporation in history.

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How Amazon Wove Itself Into the Life of an American City
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Who Owns Silicon Valley? Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:40:16 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59576 Just ten power brokers — a mix of technology behemoths, commercial and residential developers and one private university — own about $59.2 billion in taxable property.

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Who Owns Silicon Valley?
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Daniels Launches Experimental Architecture and Design Gallery Thu, 07 Nov 2019 21:17:41 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59573 The inaugural installation, New Circadia (adventures in mental spelunking), is curated by Daniels dean and Places board member Richard Sommer and New York-based designers, Pillow Culture.

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Daniels Launches Experimental Architecture and Design Gallery
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New Chair of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at Wash U Thu, 07 Nov 2019 21:14:36 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59570 Derek Hoeferlin, whose work spans architecture, infrastructure, landscape, and urban design with a particular focus on water, will take on the combined role at Sam Fox School.

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New Chair of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at Wash U
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New Fellowships Supporting Diversity in Planning at Weitzman School Thu, 07 Nov 2019 19:33:39 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59567 The Moelis Scholars Program supports students of color in the Master of City Planning program.

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New Fellowships Supporting Diversity in Planning at Weitzman School
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11/17: A Public Assembly on The Green New Deal Thu, 07 Nov 2019 19:20:37 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59561 Register now for a day of workshops and discussion exploring the Green Nnew Deal’s relationship to society, policy, and the built environment at the Queens Museum.

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11/17: A Public Assembly on The Green New Deal
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The Controversial Legacy of Coal Mining in Texas Thu, 07 Nov 2019 19:17:27 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59558 Federal law requires companies to restore land after extraction, but companies have lobbied the the state for lower standards — meaning that thousands of acres are potentially contaminated.

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The Controversial Legacy of Coal Mining in Texas
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11/5: Panel on Innovation in Design Sun, 03 Nov 2019 19:21:21 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59564 Places partner school deans Amale Andraos and Frances Bronet will be among the leading educators exploring the intersection of architecture, engineering, and construction at the Center for Architecture.

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11/5: Panel on Innovation in Design
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Walking with the Ghosts of Black Los Angeles Fri, 01 Nov 2019 20:09:03 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59415 South Central is a radically horizontal post-industrial landscape where buildings rarely exceed two or three stories and pedestrians find little shelter from the sun. (Also see “Shade,” in Places.)

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Walking with the Ghosts of Black Los Angeles
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Aarhus Names the Winner of International Student Photo Competition Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:52:53 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59409 Sky Russell, a student of Harvard University, received the inaugural prize for her series, “The Weaver’s Home.”

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Aarhus Names the Winner of International Student Photo Competition
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Interview: CED’s Vishaan Chakrabarti Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:49:32 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59406 Practitioners must care about pressing large-scale social and climate needs while simultaneously honoring our oath to protect public health and welfare, because they are the same exact issue just at different scales.

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Interview: CED’s Vishaan Chakrabarti
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Oregon’s Design for Spatial Justice Faculty Fellows 2019 Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:37:52 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59400 The School of Architecture and Environment is welcoming Menna Agha from Egypt, Priyanka Bista from Nepal/Canada, Zannah Mae Matson from Canada, and Karen Kubey from the U.S.

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Oregon’s Design for Spatial Justice Faculty Fellows 2019
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The Impossible Fight to Save Jakarta Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:30:37 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59396 The Indonesian capital seems to be collapsing in slow motion thanks to sea level rise, subsidence and political inertia. (Also see “Your Sea Wall Won’t Save You,” in Places.)

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The Impossible Fight to Save Jakarta
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A Year on Martha’s Vineyard Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:22:40 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59393 Every year, the island loses its coastline and dunes to the forces of erosion. There’s really nothing keeping it there, anyway — no bedrock, no barriers. It’s just a big pile of sand.

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A Year on Martha’s Vineyard
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The Fight To Stop Nestlé Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:14:14 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59390 At stake is control of the nation’s freshwater supply and billions in profits as the company bottles America’s water then sells it back in plastic bottles.

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The Fight To Stop Nestlé
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California Is Becoming Unlivable Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:06:56 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59387 The state’s two most visible and urgent crises are colliding as the housing crunch pushes construction in cheaper areas where the wildfire risk is greater.

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California Is Becoming Unlivable
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Making the Case for Retreat Fri, 01 Nov 2019 19:02:21 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59384 Elizabeth Rush’s Rising and Gilbert M. Gaul’s The Geography of Risk both make the controversial case for managed retreat as our best defense, given the scale of the problem faced by America’s coastal communities.

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Making the Case for Retreat
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Connecting at the Counter Fri, 01 Nov 2019 18:57:47 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59381 The bodega is a social network, a community message board, a hub of intertwined exchange circuits — all compressed into 2000 square feet.

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Connecting at the Counter
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Louisiana is Backsliding on Pollution Fri, 01 Nov 2019 18:49:43 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59376 A crush of new industrial plants will increase concentrations of cancer-causing chemicals in predominantly black and poor communities.

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Louisiana is Backsliding on Pollution
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The Inequality of Climate Change Mon, 21 Oct 2019 21:05:30 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59071 In their latest books, Jedediah Purdy and David Wallace-Wells argue that natural disasters — like flooding in North Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence — make inequality worse.

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The Inequality of Climate Change
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Symposium 10/25: Decoys and Deceptions Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:53:54 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59412 The two day event, which features keynote lectures from Nader Tehrani and Brett Steele, will examine the role of digital images in architecture today.

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Symposium 10/25: Decoys and Deceptions
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Why Public Housing is Winning Architecture Awards Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:50:32 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59068 Goldsmith Street’s RIBA Stirling Prize-winning townhouses could — in their matching of affordability with extreme energy efficiency — provide a standard model for developments all across Britain.

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Why Public Housing is Winning Architecture Awards
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Panel 10/19: L.A.’s student-led architecture publications Sat, 12 Oct 2019 19:41:18 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=59403 SCI-Arc’s Marcelyn Gow, Richard Mapes, Corie Yaguchi, and Irvin Shaifa and USC’s Alvin Huang will be among the speakers at Archinect’s discussion event on October 19.

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Panel 10/19: L.A.’s student-led architecture publications
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2019 Conscious Cities Festival Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:26:57 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=58832 Pratt Architecture dean Harriet Harriss will be among the speakers at the event, which explores how science-informed design can create inclusive cities, on October 15-18 in New York City.

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2019 Conscious Cities Festival
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Gish Prize Awarded to Walter Hood Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:22:44 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=58829 Designer, artist, and UC Berkeley faculty member is the 26th edition of the honor, which recognizes artists that have contributed to social change.

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Gish Prize Awarded to Walter Hood
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