Places Wire https://placesjournal.org/places-wire News and commentary from around the web, selected by Places editors. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 03:44:14 +0000 en-us hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 Climate Adaptation and the American Coast Mon, 22 Apr 2019 19:20:55 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54512 In “Liminal Frontier,” Places contributor Virginia Hanusik is documenting the impact that climate adaptation is already having on the American Gulf Coast, particularly South Louisiana.

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Climate Adaptation and the American Coast
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In Notre Dame, a spire competition is the wrong approach Mon, 22 Apr 2019 19:17:17 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54506 The French government’s response to the tragedy is out of sync with the reality of what heritage is in our times. Heritage is a social process, not a product, argues Jorge Otero-Pailos.

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In Notre Dame, a spire competition is the wrong approach
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Cape Town’s “Day Zero” Water Crisis, One Year Later Mon, 22 Apr 2019 19:08:52 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54501 After avoiding disaster through a combination of water conservation, efficiency measures (and a little luck), the city offers a largely hopeful precedent for others facing threat from environmental extremes.

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Cape Town’s “Day Zero” Water Crisis, One Year Later
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Preservation and Restoration at Notre Dame Mon, 22 Apr 2019 19:03:57 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54497 The laser images recorded by the late architectural historian Andrew Tallon and Paul Blaer could help to rebuild the medieval landmark.

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Preservation and Restoration at Notre Dame
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The Global Reach of Microplastics Mon, 22 Apr 2019 18:42:30 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54493 The Vicdessos region of the French Pyrenees has long been considered a pristine environment, yet scientists have now detected tiny pieces of plastic falling out of the air like artificial dust.

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The Global Reach of Microplastics
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Dating the Anthropocene Mon, 22 Apr 2019 18:38:09 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54468 This April, a committee of researchers from around the world will decide whether to add a new epoch to the Geological Time Scale, and when the era defined by human influence began.

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Dating the Anthropocene
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Making a Legal Case for Climate Responsibility Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:11:04 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54281 Local communities are taking the world’s largest polluters to court, from Oakland and San Francisco’s case against big oil to a Peruvian farmer’s suit against German energy firm RWE.

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Making a Legal Case for Climate Responsibility
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America’s Dumping Ground Mon, 15 Apr 2019 23:43:28 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54278 Alabama’s low land values and extreme poverty has made it a magnet for landfills, with waste hauled in from across the country for as little as $1 a ton.

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America’s Dumping Ground
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2019 AIASF Design Awards Mon, 15 Apr 2019 22:37:16 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54274 This year’s honors were juried by Katherine Chia of Desai Chia Architecture, Stefan Knust of Ennead Architects, Jason Long of OMA, Susan T. Rodriguez, and Kim Yao of ARO.

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2019 AIASF Design Awards
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The Quest for Zero Waste Mon, 15 Apr 2019 22:30:56 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54271 New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Austin, and Boston have pioneered Zero Waste programs, but all are falling short of their ambitious plans to improve recycling, reduce waste, and cut emissions.

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The Quest for Zero Waste
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Poverty and Paradise at the Edge of America Mon, 15 Apr 2019 22:24:30 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54268 A few miles north of San Francisco, a community of roughly one hundred people live in abandoned boats as “anchor-outs” in Richardson Bay, off the coast of Sausalito.

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Poverty and Paradise at the Edge of America
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Why is Britain so bad at planning cities? Mon, 15 Apr 2019 21:53:18 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54265 The rules that have governed the design of the country’s built environment since 1947 have created neighborhoods that make walking inconvenient and public transit unviable.

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Why is Britain so bad at planning cities?
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Conference: Design With Nature Now Mon, 15 Apr 2019 21:41:22 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54261 On June 21-22, the McHarg Center will host leading scholars and designers to explore visionary approaches to landscape in the face of climate change and urbanization.

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Conference: Design With Nature Now
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A Tale of Two Suburbs Mon, 15 Apr 2019 21:33:07 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54258 Two Cleveland suburbs, Shaker and Parma — one racially mixed, one homogenous — offer a reference point for the cultural fissure that opened up in the Democratic party after the 2016 election.

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A Tale of Two Suburbs
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Measuring the Civic Commons Fri, 12 Apr 2019 22:40:45 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54250 A new report shows how a three-year initiative to invest in parks, libraries, trails, and other civic assets in Akron, Chicago, Detroit, and Memphis has shifted perceptions of nearby neighborhoods.

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Measuring the Civic Commons
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Barcelona’s Utopian Urban Plan Fri, 12 Apr 2019 22:30:01 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54248 In a five-part series, PennDesign fellow David Roberts explores the ambitious project currently underway to reclaim the city’s streets from cars and create new mixed-use public spaces.

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Barcelona’s Utopian Urban Plan
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New York’s $25bn Architectural Fiasco Fri, 12 Apr 2019 22:20:15 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54245 From the architectural zoo of convulsing angles to the apparent lack of care spent on the details, this is bargain-basement building-by-the-yard stuff, argues Oliver Wainwright.

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New York’s $25bn Architectural Fiasco
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The Secret History of the Suburbs Fri, 12 Apr 2019 19:16:30 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54242 Beginning in the 1820s and continuing through the 1960s, waves of idealists established alternative suburbs outside of Eastern U.S. cities. (Also see “Housing Is Everybody’s Problem,” by the same author, in Places.)

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The Secret History of the Suburbs
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Exhibition: The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin Mon, 08 Apr 2019 22:41:19 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54180 The University of Arkansas will host the show, curated by the Cultural Landscape Foundation in partnership with the National Building Museum, from April 8 through May 13.

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Exhibition: The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin
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Inside Manhattan’s Lowline Park Mon, 08 Apr 2019 22:13:41 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54177 In two years’ time, the former Williamsburg Bridge trolley terminal will become the world’s first underground ‘green’ space.

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Inside Manhattan’s Lowline Park
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2018-19 Steedman Fellowship Winner: Lily Zhang Mon, 08 Apr 2019 22:11:10 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54174 Zhang’s proposal, “Revealing Storage: The Stuff of Architecture,” was chosen from a field of more than 80 applicants from around the world.

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2018-19 Steedman Fellowship Winner: Lily Zhang
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Building a Surveillance State in Kashgar Mon, 08 Apr 2019 22:03:43 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54171 The maze-like architecture of the Old City has mostly been demolished and replaced with wider streets that are easier to monitor and control.

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Building a Surveillance State in Kashgar
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Kofi Boone in Conversation Mon, 08 Apr 2019 21:39:30 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54168 Boone talks about environmental justice, diversity in landscape architecture, and his work to bring more spaces of Black history into national historic designation.

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Kofi Boone in Conversation
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The Streets Were Never Free Mon, 08 Apr 2019 21:30:45 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54165 Congestion charging could change not just traffic, but also how we think about the infrastructure cars require in the United States.

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The Streets Were Never Free
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Book Review: The Man Who Built the Bauhaus Mon, 08 Apr 2019 21:17:14 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54162 Fiona MacCarthy transforms Gropius from a dull institutionalist into a stylistic rebel who created a fount of idealism at Bauhaus and fostered a generation of creative talents.

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Book Review: The Man Who Built the Bauhaus
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The Cognitive Dissonance of Miami’s Real Estate Market Mon, 08 Apr 2019 21:03:27 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54159 In the face of incontrovertible facts about sea level rise, the business of luxury real estate is continuing apace.

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The Cognitive Dissonance of Miami’s Real Estate Market
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Thomas J. Sugrue on History’s Hard Lessons Mon, 08 Apr 2019 20:46:38 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54156 We need more than inspiration from the heroic struggles of the past. We must also heed lessons learned from disastrous failures and incomplete victories.

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Thomas J. Sugrue on History’s Hard Lessons
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The Neighborhoods Fighting Off Tech Giants Fri, 05 Apr 2019 20:37:35 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54133 Campaigners from New York to Toronto and Berlin are fighting back against the attempts by companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon to take over huge sections of their cities.

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The Neighborhoods Fighting Off Tech Giants
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The Universal Design Ideal Fri, 05 Apr 2019 20:31:26 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54130 Even after the advent of the ADA, accessibility can seem an afterthought and considered an added cost. Basic design criteria should foster aesthetics, functional innovation, and inclusion all at once.

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The Universal Design Ideal
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The Battle Over California’s New Housing Bill Fri, 05 Apr 2019 20:24:44 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=54127 California housing politics has made for strange bedfellows, with people from some of the country’s richest suburbs fighting alongside rent-strained neighborhoods to oppose Scott Weiner’s SB 50.

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The Battle Over California’s New Housing Bill
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