Places Wire https://placesjournal.org/places-wire News and commentary from around the web, selected by Places editors. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 23:47:43 +0000 en-us hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 California’s “Other Big One” Wed, 20 Feb 2019 01:07:12 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53274 A rare mega-storm could cause dam failures and inundate the Los Angeles Basin. (Also see “Willful Waters,” in Places.)

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California’s “Other Big One”
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A Billionaire’s Fantasy City Wed, 20 Feb 2019 01:02:12 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53271 Justin Davidson reviews Hudson Yards, and finds an “apotheosis of blank slate affluence.” (Also see “Instrumental City: The View from Hudson Yards, circa 2019,” in Places.)

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A Billionaire’s Fantasy City
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What ‘Make It Right’ Got Wrong Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:55:53 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53268 The foundation that Brad Pitt set up to help New Orleans after Katrina built 109 homes, but many of them are badly flawed.

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What ‘Make It Right’ Got Wrong
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The Case Against Minimalism Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:51:15 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53265 The design language of gentrification is threatening to become the default in cities around the country.

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The Case Against Minimalism
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A Visual History of the American Public Library Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:45:52 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53262 The illustrated story of how a vital piece of social infrastructure came to be, and a reading list.

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A Visual History of the American Public Library
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Fireproofing the Future in California Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:41:55 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53260 As destructive wildfires become commonplace, design details from water tanks to biodegradable flame retardants help people protect their homes.

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Fireproofing the Future in California
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Atlantic City Is Really Going Down This Time Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:33:15 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53130 In many places around the resort town, which covers the northern third of Absecon Island, dig down more than eight feet and you’ll hit water.

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Atlantic City Is Really Going Down This Time
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Uncovering the History of Minerva Hamilton Hoyt Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:27:51 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53127 The desert preservationist spent decades campaigning to create Joshua Tree National Park.

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Uncovering the History of Minerva Hamilton Hoyt
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The American Infrastructure Tragedy Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:24:29 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53124 California’s failure to execute on its high-speed rail plan has important lessons for the congressional progressives pushing for a Green New Deal.

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The American Infrastructure Tragedy
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When a Suburb Loses Its Headquarters Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:18:47 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53121 The exodus of corporate hubs to Chicago has left surrounding towns scrambling to fill the void.

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When a Suburb Loses Its Headquarters
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Listen: From Boom Town to Bulldozers in West Oakland Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:13:59 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53119 Places author Moriah Ulinskas joins East Bay Yesterday to talk about her project to preserve thousands of images taken by the Oakland Redevelopment Agency during the 1960s, featured in her article, “Imagining a Past Future.”

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Listen: From Boom Town to Bulldozers in West Oakland
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Symposium 4/4: Architectural Theory Now? Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:09:33 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53116 Not only are many print journals now gone, architectural theory courses have been eliminated in many schools’ curricula. Speakers including Joan Ockman, Jane Rendell, Jonathan Massey, and Francesca Hughes will discuss its future.

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Symposium 4/4: Architectural Theory Now?
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When Wall Street Is Your Landlord Sat, 16 Feb 2019 01:04:43 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53113 With help from the federal government, institutional investors became major players in the rental market, promising to return profits to their investors and convenience to their tenants. It didn’t play out that way.

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When Wall Street Is Your Landlord
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How the Green New Deal Could Retrofit Suburbs Sat, 16 Feb 2019 00:58:11 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53107 It’s worth revisiting one of the more obscure initiatives of the old New Deal: the greenbelt-towns program, undertaken by the short-lived federal Resettlement Administration. (Also see “New Deal Utopias” in Places.)

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How the Green New Deal Could Retrofit Suburbs
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Listen: Life after Walmart, Three Years On Sat, 16 Feb 2019 00:54:02 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53105 Three years after first covering the story of the closure of the supercenter in Winnsboro, South Carolina, Christopher Booker returns to see how life has changed.

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Listen: Life after Walmart, Three Years On
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Making Use of Glacial Retreat in Switzerland Sat, 16 Feb 2019 00:29:08 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53102

The Trift Glacier is a casualty of climate change, but its loss has created an opportunity for new hydropower infrastructure.

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Making Use of Glacial Retreat in Switzerland
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A Universal Basic Income in Appalachia Sat, 16 Feb 2019 00:21:47 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53099 The recent shutdown has added urgency to the debate about what a safety net in the region, where one in four residents live below the federal poverty line, might look like.

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A Universal Basic Income in Appalachia
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Hiking in Coal Country Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:51:28 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53096 Historic former mining towns across Appalachia are turning to outdoor recreation to transform the regional economy and fill the gap left by the decline of heavy industry.

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Hiking in Coal Country
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Can a Light Rail Train Link a Divided City? Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:46:30 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53092 The “Dissolving Boundaries” project uses Jerusalem’s public transportation as a stage for examining relations between Israeli and Palestinian residents.

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Can a Light Rail Train Link a Divided City?
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The Biggest Economic Divides Are Not Regional, But Local Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:41:43 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53089 People living in smaller towns or cities tend to rate the quality of their communities higher than residents of large metropolitan areas do.

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The Biggest Economic Divides Are Not Regional, But Local
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Modernism and the Making of Dystopia Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:34:35 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53086 In his impassioned jeremiad, James Stevens Curl rails against the “architectural barbarism” of modernism. He is not altogether wrong, argues Witold Rybczynski.

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Modernism and the Making of Dystopia
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A Nostalgic Look at Sea Ranch at SFMOMA Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:26:47 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53083 SFMOMA could have used the show to engage with more contemporary architectural issues in the Bay Area, from sea level rise to economic inequality, argues San Francisco Chronicle’s John King.

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A Nostalgic Look at Sea Ranch at SFMOMA
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2/15: 2019 Fitch Colloquium at Columbia GSAPP Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:59:02 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53110 Can digital technologies for capturing and reproducing reality deepen our understanding and enrich our experience of built heritage? Speakers including David Gissen and Pilar Bosch Roig will discuss.

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2/15: 2019 Fitch Colloquium at Columbia GSAPP
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Aarhus Is Hiring Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:36:13 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53063 Open positions include a professorship in Architecture and Building Technology, an associate professorship in Architectural Design and Building Components, and assistant professorships in Digital Fabrication and Urban Design.

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Aarhus Is Hiring
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Should Libraries Be the Keepers of Their Cities’ Public Data? Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:22:27 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53056 The Urban Library Council has launched a new initiative to give public libraries a leading role in a future with artificial intelligence. (Also see “Library as Infrastructure” and “Public In/Formation” in Places.)

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Should Libraries Be the Keepers of Their Cities’ Public Data?
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2019 Architectural Education Award Winners Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:16:41 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53053 Faculty from Places partner schools Virginia Tech, Tulane University, University of Michigan, UT Austin, USC, UC Berkeley, and University of Arkansas are among those honored in this year’s awards.

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2019 Architectural Education Award Winners
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The Battle for the Future of Stonehenge Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:07:34 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53050 The UNESCO world heritage site is at the center of a long-running row over how to solve the traffic problem that clogs the road that runs right alongside it every summer.

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The Battle for the Future of Stonehenge
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Photos: The Promise of Agritecture Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:02:41 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53047 A new exhibition, currently on show in London, explores real-life projects and products helping city buildings grow food and reuse waste around the world.

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Photos: The Promise of Agritecture
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The Winners of AIA’s 2019 Young Architects Award Mon, 11 Feb 2019 19:58:02 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53044 Twenty-two recipients, including alumni and faculty from Places partner schools, were named in this year’s honors, which recognizes designers that have been licensed for up to ten years and have made significant contributions to the field.

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The Winners of AIA’s 2019 Young Architects Award
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Where the Subway Limits New Yorkers With Disabilities Mon, 11 Feb 2019 19:47:51 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=53042 Two-thirds of the city’s 550,000 residents that have trouble walking live far from an accessible station, according to a new study.

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Where the Subway Limits New Yorkers With Disabilities
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