Places Wire https://placesjournal.org/places-wire News and commentary from around the web, selected by Places editors. Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:12:24 +0000 en-us hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Heat: the next big inequality issue Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:12:24 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48843 The deadly global heatwave has made it impossible to ignore: in cities worldwide, we are now divided into the cool haves and the hot have-nots.

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Heat: the next big inequality issue
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Mapping America’s Political Fault Lines Mon, 06 Aug 2018 22:14:54 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48711 The key differences are not so much between the city versus the country, but among regional cultures that can be traced back to the nation’s colonization.

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Mapping America’s Political Fault Lines
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Fighting for Environmental Justice in West Virginia Mon, 06 Aug 2018 22:11:42 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48708 The region has long been plumbed for its resources — but the cost of its cheap energy hasn’t yet fully accounted for the toll it takes on the land, water, and miners’ health.

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Fighting for Environmental Justice in West Virginia
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California Burning Mon, 06 Aug 2018 22:07:15 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48705 William Finnegan examines three books that address the era of the megafire — defined as a wildfire that burns more than 100,000 acres.

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California Burning
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China’s Modern Surveillance State Mon, 06 Aug 2018 22:04:34 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48702 Nowhere in the world, not even in North Korea, is the population monitored as strictly as it is in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

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China’s Modern Surveillance State
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Watch: Braddock, PA Mon, 06 Aug 2018 22:02:28 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48699 Four short films featuring an activist, a filmmaker, a farmer, and a politician, each fighting to bring their town back from the brink.

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Watch: Braddock, PA
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Can Philanthropy Save a City? Mon, 06 Aug 2018 22:00:22 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48696 Stockton is courting millions of dollars from private investors to fill the gaps left after bankruptcy forced the city to drastically cut services.

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Can Philanthropy Save a City?
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Building Notopias Mon, 06 Aug 2018 19:43:51 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48693 Behind the drive to make cities like London and New York “clean and safe” lie profound questions about access, inclusion, and behavior, and just who these places are for.

 

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Building Notopias
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California’s Fire Tornadoes and the New Exceptional Global Weather Mon, 06 Aug 2018 19:32:40 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48690 From an on-the-ground, human perspective, July looked and felt like hell.

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California’s Fire Tornadoes and the New Exceptional Global Weather
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How Should Architects Respond to Immigrant Detention? Mon, 06 Aug 2018 19:29:35 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48687 Architecture Lobby’s Kiefer Dunn argues that boycott is the only ethical option, yet Dana McKinney of Gehry contends that design has a responsibility towards vulnerable populations.

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How Should Architects Respond to Immigrant Detention?
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MIT’s J. Meejin Yoon named dean of Architecture at Cornell Mon, 06 Aug 2018 19:23:47 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48684 The professor and head of Architecture at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning will join Cornell University as the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean in January 2019.

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MIT’s J. Meejin Yoon named dean of Architecture at Cornell
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Stories From the Front Lines of Climate Change Mon, 06 Aug 2018 19:20:42 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48681 From Algeria, Hong Kong, Pakistan, and Norway, four locals report on their experiences of this summer’s extreme heat.

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Stories From the Front Lines of Climate Change
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A New Normal for California Mon, 06 Aug 2018 19:15:51 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48678 The connection between rising temperatures in California and tinder-dry vegetation is becoming impossible to ignore.

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A New Normal for California
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The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change Mon, 06 Aug 2018 19:13:04 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48675 Between 1979 and 1989,  a small group of American scientists, activists and politicians strove to raise the alarm and stave off catastrophe.

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The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change
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A New Urban Science Major at MIT Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:36:20 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48648 The interdisciplinary undergraduate program, which launches in fall 2018, will combine urban planning and computer science.

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A New Urban Science Major at MIT
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Photos: The Pyongyang Metro System Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:33:58 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48645 Oliver Wainwright’s new book, Inside North Korea, includes pictures of the marble mosaics, crystal chandeliers, and gilded statues that adorn the capital’s elaborate transit halls.

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Photos: The Pyongyang Metro System
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Working in a Wasteland Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:29:46 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48642 While the San Francisco police officers stationed at the old Hunter’s Point shipyard were told that the Superfund site was safe, their experiences there quickly gave them reason to doubt.

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Working in a Wasteland
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Scottish Natural Heritage Admits the Ecological Cost of Trump’s Golf Course Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:24:34 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48639 Construction of the Foveran Links site has affected the natural morphology of a fragile dune system, reducing most of its important geomorphological features to fragments.

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Scottish Natural Heritage Admits the Ecological Cost of Trump’s Golf Course
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Visualizing the Hidden ‘Logic’ of Cities Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:20:32 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48636 A new tool created by urban planning postdoc Geoff Boeing calculates what percentage of a city’s roads run along each section of a compass, and plots it on a circular bar chart.

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Visualizing the Hidden ‘Logic’ of Cities
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A New Home for MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:17:01 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48632 The Metropolitan Storage Warehouse has been identified to potentially house a new design hub for research, teaching, and public events at the school.

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A New Home for MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning
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An Affordable Housing Paradise Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:14:43 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48629 In the U.S., the public housing sector has been denigrated as the accommodation of last resort. In Vienna, people remain proud of the city’s accomplishments in publicly subsidized housing. (Also see “Socialism and Nationalism on the Danube,” in Places.)

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An Affordable Housing Paradise
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On Returning to Mississippi Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:12:03 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48626 In the South, Jesmyn Ward finds there are people here who are fighting for a healthier future, never forgetting the lessons of its long, brutal history, ever present, ever instructive.

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On Returning to Mississippi
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A Car-Free Vision for Revitalizing Charlotte Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:08:54 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48623 The redevelopment of the city’s Uptown neighborhood is being heralded as a pedestrian-centered, mixed use idyll, but questions remain about its affordability.

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A Car-Free Vision for Revitalizing Charlotte
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SCI-Arc Exchange Program at The Bartlett Sat, 28 Jul 2018 19:09:24 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48585 The international program, beginning in fall 2018, will allow two students to spend a semester studying at each of the schools.

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SCI-Arc Exchange Program at The Bartlett
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Podcast: Tulane’s John Klingman on the Rivergate Convention Center Sat, 28 Jul 2018 19:03:58 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48582 The controversial building was a landmark in mid-century modern architecture, but it was plagued by a difficult relationship to New Orleans and the changing landscape around it.

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Podcast: Tulane’s John Klingman on the Rivergate Convention Center
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An Interdisciplinary Approach for Solving the Global Food Crisis Sat, 28 Jul 2018 18:57:59 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48579 The University of Michigan’s Sustainable Food Systems Initiative brings together scholars from ecology, biology, environment and sustainability, public health, and architecture and urban planning.

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An Interdisciplinary Approach for Solving the Global Food Crisis
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All the Things Satellites Can Now See From Space Sat, 28 Jul 2018 18:50:43 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48576 Record numbers of devices are currently in orbit, monitoring high-risk urban development in Sierra Leone, tracking oil reserves in China, and providing in-flight weather reports to pilots.

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All the Things Satellites Can Now See From Space
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Fixing America’s Forgotten Places Sat, 28 Jul 2018 18:47:17 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48573 The “Opportunity Zones” created by the Trump administration’s tax bill are meant to help the heartland thrive and make the country more equal.

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Fixing America’s Forgotten Places
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e-flux: Structural Instability Sat, 28 Jul 2018 18:43:51 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48569 Architecture registers the ways in which risk becomes mediated throughout the spatial realm and society at large.

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e-flux: Structural Instability
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A Proposal to Store Clean Energy at the Hoover Dam Sat, 28 Jul 2018 18:41:12 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=48566 The great engineering feat of the 20th century is the focus of a distinctly 21st-century challenge: how to come up with affordable and efficient power storage from solar farms and wind turbines.

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A Proposal to Store Clean Energy at the Hoover Dam
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