Reading List

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Ting Yi Chan

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    Architecture and Popular Taste

    Places Journal

    Douglas Haskell was a leading figure in 20th-century design journalism. His work deserves to be better known.

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    The Association of (Gay) Suburban People

    Places Journal

    From the late ’70s to mid ’80s, in an era of entrenched homophobia, a group of gay suburbanites formed an organization that mixed pride and defiance, political rallies and Tupperware parties.

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    Notes Toward a History of Non-Planning

    Places Journal

    The argument about the strength of government and the freedom of the marketplace has been boiling for decades. It is more relevant than ever.

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    Fabrications

    Places Journal

    Reality and unreality blend in the work of two artists who regard architecture as conjecture — half built, half imagined, teetering between proof and illusion.

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    Speculative Archaeology

    Places Journal

    Faux-ethnographic dioramas, modern interiors reimagined as psychedelic ruin-worlds, invented histories of proto-architecture: archaeology, as model or metaphor, has been surfacing a lot in art practice and design theory.

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    From Architecture to Landscape

    Places Journal

    Landscape architects have begun to venture from the confines of garden, park, and plaza into more adventurous practice. Now the field needs a new name: landscape science.

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    Unforgetting Women Architects

    Places Journal

    It’s time to write women architects back into the history of architecture — starting with Wikipedia.

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    Our Invisible Presence

    Places Journal

    Our most important interactions with landscape leave traces that cannot be contained within the photographic frame.

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    How to Be an Architecture Critic

    Places Journal

    We’re surrounded by buildings, but do we know how to talk about them?

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    TEDification versus Edification

    Places Journal

    The magical thinking and many contradictions of the TED Talks — and the implicit threats to design and education.

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    Housing and the Cooperative Commonwealth

    Places Journal

    In America we have an escalating crisis of housing affordability — yet we are overlooking one of the best and most basic solutions.

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    The Social Project

    Places Journal

    On the complex architectural and social legacy of postwar public housing in the banlieues that ring contemporary Paris.

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    “The Spectacle of Growth”

    Places Journal

    The São Paulo Architecture Biennial examines the wave of economic and urban development reshaping Brazil.

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    The Snow Queen

    Places Journal

    Roses, knives, ice splinters, and a flurry of white bees. A fairy tale that transfixes and confuses children like no other can.

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    A Tiny Orchestra in the Living Room

    Places Journal

    The introduction of stereophonic sound systems, in the postwar decades, transformed the American house.

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    Imperial Traces

    Places Journal

    The record of the former French colonies is controversial. But it is also rich with narratives, and with built relics — villas, hotels, prisons, slaughterhouses, orphaned by history.

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    Regionalism Revisited: The Case of Francisco Artigas

    Places Journal

    In the mid 20th century, Francisco Artigas was one of the best known architects in Mexico. Today he is largely unknown. It’s time for a fresh look.

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    A Building, Not a Colt Revolver

    Places Journal

    From prehistoric cliff dwellings to recent projects by Morphosis and Herzog & de Meuron, the question of how a building should relate to its site offers no easy or universal answer.

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    Jack and the Beanstalk

    Places Journal

    What comes of Jack’s magical beanstalk? Usually, at the end, it’s cut down.

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    Rapunzel

    Places Journal

    Is Rapunzel’s tower an enchanted, magical home or a dreadful prison from which to escape?

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    Halloween Edition

    Places Journal

    A design for the Grimm Brothers’ “The Boy Who Set Forth to Learn What Fear Was.”

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    The Library of Babel

    Places Journal

    The space is infinite, the rooms are hexagons, the staircases are hexagons — and the story is terrifying.

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    The Juniper Tree

    Places Journal

    What’s a mother to do? She decapitates the boy with the heavy metal lid of an apple chest.

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    The House on Chicken Feet

    Places Journal

    A design for the hut of the Russian witch Baba Yaga, who flies in a huge mortar, using the the pestle as a rudder.

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    Snowflake

    Places Journal

    The story begins when a childless couple build a daughter from the snow; the ending is at once cold and sublime.

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    The Little Match Girl

    Places Journal

    A young girl is sent out by her parents to sell matches on a winter’s eve; thus begins Hans Christian Anderson’s harrowing tale.

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    Monkey King

    Places Journal

    A Monkey King born from a stone can transform into 72 other things: bug, bird, beast of prey, tree and so forth.

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    Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky

    Places Journal

    A suicidal moon, a rope, and the love of two siblings: blueprint for a fairy-tale scene.

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