Places Wire https://placesjournal.org/places-wire News and commentary from around the web, selected by Places editors. Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:19:23 +0000 en-us hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Summer Institute 2018 at UC Berkeley’s CED Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:42:37 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43704 Applications are being accepted until May 15 for this year’s program, which gives students the chance to explore their enthusiasm for the material and culture of environmental design.

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Summer Institute 2018 at UC Berkeley’s CED
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From the Ground Up: Lina Bo Bardi Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:37:15 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43701 In Casa de Vidro or the Glass House, completed in 1951, the architect begins to realize the ideas in her writings into form. (Also see “Lina Bo Bardi and the Architecture of Everyday Culture,” in Places.)

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From the Ground Up: Lina Bo Bardi
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The Effects of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown, in 3 Maps Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:09:57 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43692 Data shows that local sanctuary policies which limit cooperation with federal authorities seem to be blunting the force of the administration’s actions.

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The Effects of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown, in 3 Maps
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The Return of Dubai’s Ultimate Folly Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:07:08 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43689 The plan to construct an artificial archipelago of 300 islands set two miles off the coast, abandoned a decade ago, is back in business.

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The Return of Dubai’s Ultimate Folly
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The Cities Shifting Towards Inclusive Urban Design Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:32:13 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43684 Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities, but some – from Sonoma to Singapore – are working to improve their accessibility.

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The Cities Shifting Towards Inclusive Urban Design
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The Beauty of the Brick Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:25:15 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43681 An engineer muses on the brilliance of a building tool that has been in use for over 10,000 years, created from a material that was 50 million years in the making.

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The Beauty of the Brick
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California’s Divisive Housing Proposal Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:19:06 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43678 Senator Scott Weiner’s bill aims to tackle the state’s housing crisis by reducing cities’ power to decide what gets built and putting more control into state hands.

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California’s Divisive Housing Proposal
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An Argument Against Smart Cities Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:12:09 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43675 Despite their utopian promise, making future cities smarter won’t magically make make them more affordable or resilient, says Bruce Sterling.

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An Argument Against Smart Cities
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Symposium 2/16: Time for Timber Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:01:27 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43672 The one-day event will exchange ideas around the potential of wood as an alternative to more fossil-fuel intensive building materials.

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Symposium 2/16: Time for Timber
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Anne Tyng and Her Remarkable House Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:56:50 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43669 For an architect who never had the opportunity to create one on a grander scale, the house remains the most powerful expression of her unique vision.

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Anne Tyng and Her Remarkable House
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Los Angeles, Houston and the Appeal of the Hard-to-Read City Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:04:25 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43653 The two sprawling cities are united in their elusiveness as urban objects.

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Los Angeles, Houston and the Appeal of the Hard-to-Read City
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The End of the Promise of Public Housing in Chicago Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:16:35 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43650 The former residents of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green were thrown into a system that increasingly leaves the poor to fend for themselves. (Also see “Housing Chicago: Cabrini-Green to Parkside of Old Town,” in Places.)

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The End of the Promise of Public Housing in Chicago
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Finding the Beauty in Ancient Ice Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:01:46 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43646 Places author Peggy Weil takes viewers deep into Greenland’s ice sheet—and tens of thousands of years back in time. (Also see “The Big Data of Ice, Rocks, Soils, and Sediments,” in Places.

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Finding the Beauty in Ancient Ice
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Jakarta’s Ubiquitous Mall Culture Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:33:54 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43644 Shopping centers are an inescapable part of life in the city, but they are not necessarily part of the city in which they are situated. (Also see “Spires and Gyres,” in Places.)

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Jakarta’s Ubiquitous Mall Culture
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Google’s Guinea-Pig City Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:27:43 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43641 Transforming Toronto’s Quayside will be Sidewalk Lab’s most ambitious project yet, and it raises questions about the future of smart cities everywhere. (Also see “Instrumental City: The View from Hudson Yards, circa 2019,” in Places.)

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Google’s Guinea-Pig City
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Columbia GSAPP Launches the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:22:17 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43638 Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative and led by Kate Orff and Thaddeus Pawlowski, the center is focused on helping communities thrive in an age of climate uncertainty.

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Columbia GSAPP Launches the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes
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Queering the Map Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:15:38 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43635 An interactive map showcases the way the same physical spaces can host such vastly different experiences in cities around the world.

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Queering the Map
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Weighing the Progressive Promise of American Cities Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:08:19 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43632 In a series of essays, scholars and practitioners reflect on the increasing reliance on cities to fuel the economy and preserve democracy.

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Weighing the Progressive Promise of American Cities
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Gabriel García Márquez’s Road Trip Through Alabama Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:51:09 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43577 A writer searches for the traces of the Colombian novelist’s approach to place in the journey across the American South that he took prior to writing A Hundred Years of Solitude.

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Gabriel García Márquez’s Road Trip Through Alabama
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The African Anthropocene Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:34:04 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43574 Too often, the ‘we’ of the world is white and Western when it comes to talking about the Anthropocene.

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The African Anthropocene
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Rural America’s Drinking-Water Crisis Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:28:07 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43571 Fixing the aging and unreliable water systems that serve America’s remote, low-income communities is a costly prospect, but finding the money is often more a matter of political will.

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Rural America’s Drinking-Water Crisis
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New Book: Medium Design Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:23:24 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43568 Keller Easterling’s latest publication treats space as an information system and a broad, inclusive mixing chamber for many social, political, technical networks. (Also see Easterling’s “Zone: The Spatial Softwares of Extrastatecraft,” in Places.)

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New Book: Medium Design
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Cape Town’s Water Crisis Should Be a Warning to the World Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:19:32 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43565 It’s not a question of whether major cities will start to run dry, but rather when and where.

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Cape Town’s Water Crisis Should Be a Warning to the World
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New Book: Pressing Matters from PennDesign Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:16:21 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43559 This compilation of lectures and projects from guests and students addresses the economic, environmental, and political pressures faced by design today.

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New Book: Pressing Matters from PennDesign
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Mapping How Urban Sprawl Threatens the World’s Remaining Biodiversity Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:31:11 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43556 A new study has mapped over 400 Hotspot Cities to reveal that over 90 percent of them appear likely to sprawl directly into areas containing the world’s most endangered biodiversity.

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Mapping How Urban Sprawl Threatens the World’s Remaining Biodiversity
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Book: Conway Urban Watershed Framework Plan Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:32:09 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43535 The multiple award-winning Plan focuses on the overlaps of city and water to create a reconciliation landscape that combines a place-based green stormwater utility with public open space.

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Book: Conway Urban Watershed Framework Plan
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Itsuko Hasegawa Awarded Inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Prize Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:21:27 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43532 The renowned Japanese architect has been recognized for her inspiring and enduring contribution to the culture of architecture.

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Itsuko Hasegawa Awarded Inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Prize
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Photography: National Tracing Center Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:18:53 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43500 Endless rows of boxes of paper records line the hallways of the archaic federal facility where guns are traced in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

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Photography: National Tracing Center
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In Praise of the Small-Town Library Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:13:45 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43495 In the Renovo Public Library, in North-Central Pennsylvania, the bookshelves are a passport to the outside world. (Also see “Library as Infrastructure,” in Places.)

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In Praise of the Small-Town Library
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The Winners of the 2018 Vilcek Prizes Announced Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:09:46 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=43492 The top prize was awarded to the Guatemala-born, San Diego-based designer Teddy Cruz.

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The Winners of the 2018 Vilcek Prizes Announced
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