Places Wire https://placesjournal.org/places-wire News and commentary from around the web, selected by Places editors. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:27:22 +0000 en-us hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 How Manhattan Became a Rich Ghost Town Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:34:12 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50372 Behind the darkened windows, there’s a deeper story about money and land, with implications for the future of cities and the rest of the United States.

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How Manhattan Became a Rich Ghost Town
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Fostering Biodiversity in the Suburbs Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:25:50 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50367 The diversity of life found in a Seattle backyard defies the fact that the loss of natural space to urban sprawl endangers plants and animals across the globe.

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Fostering Biodiversity in the Suburbs
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Building the Cycling City Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:19:19 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50362 Melissa and Chris Brunlett’s new book looks at five Dutch cities as blueprints for creating an accessible urban cycling culture.

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Building the Cycling City
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Photographs: San Francisco’s Mission District in the 1980s Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:14:35 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50359 The public engagement that Janet Delaney’s pictures bring to life was both the high point of an old era and the starting point of a new one.

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Photographs: San Francisco’s Mission District in the 1980s
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The House Built for the Big One in Florida Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:02:05 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50356 The house, built of reinforced concrete, is elevated on tall pilings to allow a storm surge to pass underneath with little damage.

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The House Built for the Big One in Florida
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A French Experiment in Free Public Transportation Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:56:16 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50353 The channel port city of Dunkirk is a month into a project that makes it the biggest European city to offer free public transport, and residents have been taking full advantage.

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A French Experiment in Free Public Transportation
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PennDesign at ASLA 2018 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:48:03 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50350 PennDesign faculty including McHarg Center director Billy Fleming and dean Frederick Steiner will be presenting papers and several more will receive awards at this year’s conference in Philadelphia.

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PennDesign at ASLA 2018
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Celebrating the Next Generation of Design Leaders at Penn Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:39:07 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50347 Master of Architecture student Alexandra Adamski will receive the inaugural Kanter Tritsch Prize in Energy and Architectural Innovation at the PennDesign Awards on October 15, kicking off the School’s Lead by Design fundraising campaign.

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Celebrating the Next Generation of Design Leaders at Penn
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Michigan Students Team up with the City of Detroit Fri, 12 Oct 2018 19:16:30 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50322 For the third year in a row, Taubman College is partnering with Maurice Cox’s development and planning department to design innovative affordable housing for the city’s vacant lots.

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Michigan Students Team up with the City of Detroit
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A Map of Every Building in America Fri, 12 Oct 2018 19:09:00 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50316 Every black speck on this interactive map is a building; their patterns reveal how the built environment of the country has evolved.

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A Map of Every Building in America
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The Homelessness Crisis in Colorado’s Tourist Towns Fri, 12 Oct 2018 19:00:07 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50313 Durango used to provide camping areas for homeless people, but its growing tourist industry has prompted the town to close these spaces and criminalize homeless camping and sleeping.

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The Homelessness Crisis in Colorado’s Tourist Towns
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One Mile of Devastation in Florida Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:44:40 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50310 Aerial images of Mexico Beach taken before and after Hurricane Michael document the extent of the damage sustained by homes and businesses.

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One Mile of Devastation in Florida
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Architects Should Be Rethinking Their Use of Plastics Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:56:03 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50307 The functionality, versatility, and low price of plastics have made them omnipresent in buildings, but the environmental costs of their production mean that designers must make better choices.

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Architects Should Be Rethinking Their Use of Plastics
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The Amazon’s Tipping Point Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:46:33 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50304

The easiest way to identify what stage of deforestation an Amazon town is in is to look at what the trucks there are used for: first for logging, then for cattle, and when the trees are gone, for soy.

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The Amazon’s Tipping Point
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The Town That Doesn’t Exist Fri, 12 Oct 2018 01:12:25 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50298 In Slab City, architect Charlie Hailey and photographer Donovan Wiley explore a community of squatters, artists, and migrants deep in the heart of California’s Colorado Desert.

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The Town That Doesn’t Exist
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Changing Gentrification’s Effects on Urban Communities Fri, 12 Oct 2018 01:07:21 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50295 Designers and policymakers are looking for ways to attract needed investment in cities without displacing longtime lower-income residents.

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Changing Gentrification’s Effects on Urban Communities
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How to Write About a Vanishing World Fri, 12 Oct 2018 00:59:43 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50292 Today’s scientists must narrate the demise of the ecosystems that they have spent decades studying.

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How to Write About a Vanishing World
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Monument Lab Presents ‘Report to The City’ Thu, 11 Oct 2018 18:11:36 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50285 The report is the culmination of a years-long public art project addressing the question of what would be an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia.

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Monument Lab Presents ‘Report to The City’
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Photographing Paul R. Williams’s Architecture Thu, 11 Oct 2018 18:06:02 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50282 Architectural photographer Janna Ireland is documenting the prolific architect’s work across Southern California. (Also see “AIA Gold: Paul Revere Williams,” in Places.)

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Photographing Paul R. Williams’s Architecture
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Profile: MIT’s Neri Oxman Thu, 11 Oct 2018 18:00:18 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50275 Oxman’s concept of material ecology marries the technological advances of computational design, synthetic biology and digital fabrication.

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Profile: MIT’s Neri Oxman
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What Will the State Look Like in an Era of Ecological Disaster? Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:55:10 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50272 In Climate Leviathan, Geoff Mann and Joel Wainwright explore the political dimensions of climate change and the future world order that might emerge.

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What Will the State Look Like in an Era of Ecological Disaster?
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Social Housing as Imagined by Peter Barber Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:45:56 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50255 The London-based architect is reinventing traditional housing types to create neighborly density in buildings with a sense of fun.

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Social Housing as Imagined by Peter Barber
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A Guide for Fixing Badly Planned American Cities Wed, 10 Oct 2018 22:38:49 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50248 In Walkable City Rules, Jeff Speck presents a series of approaches for making the aspiration of human-centered cities a reality.

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A Guide for Fixing Badly Planned American Cities
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Life on the Dirtiest Block in San Francisco Mon, 08 Oct 2018 23:18:35 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50225 The 300 block of Hyde Street in San Francisco received 2,227 complaints about street and sidewalk cleanliness over the past decade, more than any other.

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Life on the Dirtiest Block in San Francisco
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Megan Ryerson Appointed Associate Dean for Research at PennDesign Mon, 08 Oct 2018 21:14:16 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50211 Ryerson is assistant professor in the department of City and Regional Planning as well as in the department of Electrical and Systems Engineering.

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Megan Ryerson Appointed Associate Dean for Research at PennDesign
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The Design of Desire Paths Mon, 08 Oct 2018 21:11:12 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50208 Numerous thinkers on space and place — from Robert Macfarlane to Jane Jacobs to Rem Koolhaas — have explored what desire lines tell us about how people engage with their environments.

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The Design of Desire Paths
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Robert Venturi: Visionary Mannerist of Main Street Mon, 08 Oct 2018 20:59:24 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50205 Venturi and Denise Scott Brown did more than any of their peers to reorient what was once known as the building art away from Modernism’s technological preoccupations towards more humane concerns.

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Robert Venturi: Visionary Mannerist of Main Street
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Ghosts of the Glacier Mon, 08 Oct 2018 20:48:23 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50202 Glaciers all over the planet are receding at alarming rates, and as they melt, the traces of the past are returning to a present that is much more haunting.

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Ghosts of the Glacier
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The Elevator-Phobes of a Vertical City Mon, 08 Oct 2018 20:24:40 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50198 For New Yorkers that are anxious about elevators, the city poses a lot of challenges.

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The Elevator-Phobes of a Vertical City
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Podcast: The Charm of the Community Cinema Mon, 08 Oct 2018 19:58:10 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=50195 In Liverpool and Belgrade, small theaters are thriving after being saved from closure by locals that believe they have much more to offer their communities than modern multiplexes ever could.

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Podcast: The Charm of the Community Cinema
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