Places Wire https://placesjournal.org/places-wire News and commentary from around the web, selected by Places editors. Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:32:39 +0000 en-us hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 On the Myth of a “Real” America Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:02:31 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45182 Some people are being left behind, not because the future is intolerant of them but because they are intolerant of this future.

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On the Myth of a “Real” America
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What Next for Philadelphia’s Rail Park? Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:58:35 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45178 The first piece of the Reading Viaduct rail park is due to open in June, but beyond its quarter-mile, the future remains uncertain.

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What Next for Philadelphia’s Rail Park?
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Review: New Book on Scale, Growth, and Cities Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:50:07 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45175 In his expansive work, Geoffrey West sees the rapid growth of big cities and big data causing human activities to scale with time at super-exponential speeds.

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Review: New Book on Scale, Growth, and Cities
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What Britain’s Giant Distribution Centers​ Tell​ Us About Modern Life Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:06:50 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45172 Their scale and growth are a consequence of the fact that all that physicality and volume that the virtual world displaces has to go somewhere.

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What Britain’s Giant Distribution Centers​ Tell​ Us About Modern Life
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What Can Architects Do? Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:44:03 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45169 Susanne Schindler, Jared Della Valle, and Deborah Gans discuss how architects can engage in tackling our housing crisis — from questions of policy and politics to issues of cost, supply and quality.

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What Can Architects Do?
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The Practice of Criticism Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:29:33 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45166 Now more than ever, we need critics outside practice and within it. In a discussion of architectural criticism, let’s increase the volume of architectural discourse through practice.

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The Practice of Criticism
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Making Design Criticism Matter Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:12:58 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45163 AIGA Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary recipient Allison Arieff talks about the role that good design should play in our daily lives.

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Making Design Criticism Matter
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San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:50:28 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45151 The building code does not protect cities from earthquakes nearly as much as you might think.

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San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble
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Discussion 4/20: Women Writing at Columbia GSAPP Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:35:05 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45073 Jing Liu, Mimi Hoang and Anna Puigjaner will explore short essays and critical statements written by female architects with host Hilary Sample.

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Discussion 4/20: Women Writing at Columbia GSAPP
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Gallery: Sketching the City Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:25:23 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45070 Urban Sketchers is a worldwide group of more than 60,000 people, connected by social media, who create and share drawings of the places they visit.

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Gallery: Sketching the City
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Mapping Scotland’s Historic Environments Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:21:17 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45067 A series of interactive maps bring together old and new cartography, aerial views, and archaeological data to allow users to dig into the histories of places around the country.

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Mapping Scotland’s Historic Environments
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International/Undocumented Student Emergency Fund at Tulane Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:15:56 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45064 The project hopes to raise $25,000 to assist students facing financial challenges but are not eligible for federal or state aid. Donations are being accepted until 4 May.

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International/Undocumented Student Emergency Fund at Tulane
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Photographs: The Lights of America’s Prisons Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:08:28 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45061 The lights in Stephen Tourlentes’ Of Lengths and Measures represent the lives hidden from view around the country behind miles of razor wire, cinder blocks, and electric fencing.

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Photographs: The Lights of America’s Prisons
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Embracing Obstacles at AN.ONYMOUS Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:03:27 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45057 The transdisciplinary design firm talk about their speculative approach towards architecture and urbanism in relation to ecology, technology and biology. (Also see co-founder Iman Ansari’s reading list, “Animal Machines,” on Places.)

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Embracing Obstacles at AN.ONYMOUS
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A Voyage Along Trump’s Wall Mon, 16 Apr 2018 21:02:37 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45052 A border wall would be devastating to life of all kinds on both sides of the already-threatened Rio Grande.

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A Voyage Along Trump’s Wall
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Losing Focus at HUD Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:55:57 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45048 Housing advocates are concerned that the organization is moving away from its core mission of combatting housing discrimination.

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Losing Focus at HUD
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The Story of the New York Subway Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:50:28 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45044 Since the system’s rapid development in the early 20th century, the city has not opened another new line since 1940, aside from a handful of small extensions and connections.

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The Story of the New York Subway
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Symposium: What is a School? (of Architecture…) Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:41:14 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45041 Leading voices in architecture education and practice will convene to consider the design of learning spaces at the University of Toronto on April 27-28.

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Symposium: What is a School? (of Architecture…)
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The Cities Beneath the Forest Floor Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:04:50 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45038 If you want to see what Anna Tsing calls “the city” — a dynamic scene where all kinds of organisms are working together — you cannot simply stay above ground.

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The Cities Beneath the Forest Floor
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Podcast: Lessons from Las Vegas Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:19:36 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45028 In Learning from Las Vegas, Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi forced architects to consider design in the age of American car culture, and the kinds of everyday places people occupy.

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Podcast: Lessons from Las Vegas
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A Battle for Land in Wisconsin Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:08:37 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45023 In Racine County, neatly maintained homes and dream houses are being designated “blighted” to make way for Foxconn.

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A Battle for Land in Wisconsin
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Exhibition: Celebrating Jørn Utzon’s Centenary Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:45:28 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45020 The show explores Utzon’s inspirations and influences that shaped his most notable buildings, and will travel from the Utzon Center in Denmark to one of them, Sydney Opera House, in October.

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Exhibition: Celebrating Jørn Utzon’s Centenary
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Christopher Hawthorne Named as USC’s 2018 Commencement Keynote Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:37:30 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45017 The new chief design officer for the City of Los Angeles will address the ceremony at the School of Architecture on May 11.

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Christopher Hawthorne Named as USC’s 2018 Commencement Keynote
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Exhibition: The Politics of Performance Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:29:49 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45014 Curated by Mabel O.Wilson and Bryony Roberts, the show explores the histories and legacy of African-American marching bands and their relationship to expression, identity, and public space.

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Exhibition: The Politics of Performance
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Water Tunnels Won’t Save Houston From the Next Harvey Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:20:26 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45011 What’s needed instead is an expansion of official flood zones to reflect the best available current science, buying out private property in the expanding flood plains, and embracing a soggy future.

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Water Tunnels Won’t Save Houston From the Next Harvey
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How the Fair Housing Act Failed Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:03:35 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45006 In cities like Jacksonville and St. Louis, maps of mortgage approvals and home values in black neighborhoods look the same as they did before the passage of the fifty-year-old landmark fair housing law.

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How the Fair Housing Act Failed
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Podcast: The Future of Coastal Cities Thu, 12 Apr 2018 21:59:42 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=45003 Jeff Goodell and Billy Fleming discuss the impacts of rising seas and the human and political costs of taking action.

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Podcast: The Future of Coastal Cities
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What Happened to the Concept of the “Edge City?” Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:14:14 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=44968 A generation ago, Joel Garreau coined the term in his influential account of the ways that America was rebuilding itself at the end of the 20th century.

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What Happened to the Concept of the “Edge City?”
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FORSK! Exhibition Opens 4/13 at Aarhus Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:10:39 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=44965 The exhibition presents some of the strategies that researchers at Aarhus have been developing to anticipate and respond to sea level rise.

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FORSK! Exhibition Opens 4/13 at Aarhus
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Three Hundred Years of Human Geography in New Orleans Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:06:24 +0000 https://placesjournal.org/?post_type=wire&p=44963 Key to understanding New Orleans’ human geography is that adjective, “deltaic,” and how it has shaped the settlement patterns that form the city’s past, and gesture towards its future.

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Three Hundred Years of Human Geography in New Orleans
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