Reading List

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Ashok Kulkarni

Americana


  • Online

    Dreams, Dust and Birds: The Trashing of Owens Lake

    Places Journal

    Owens Lake was drained dry by the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Today the lakebed is a howling wasteland of toxic dust. Can the city fix the problem it made?

  • Online

    Landscape Migration

    Places Journal

    We are now well into a geologic era — the Anthropocene — characterized by the acceleration of environmental change. This is the landscape medium in which we design.

  • Online

    Watermark: Along the California Aqueduct

    Places Journal

    The extraordinary achievement of modern California — the transformation of a semi-arid region into an abundant and prosperous place — has produced a wicked tangle of problems.

  • Online

    Banham’s America

    Places Journal

    The American journeys of Reyner Banham fall in the lively tradition of European travelers who tell us Americans something important about ourselves.

  • Online

    A Home Before the End of the World

    Places Journal

    What does it mean when a famous novelist makes careless errors in his depiction of nature? Is our ignorance of natural ecosystems making it easier for us to destroy them?

  • Online

    The Wisconsin Experiment

    Places Journal

    In the Trump era, we can learn from Indigenous leaders who refuse to separate science from culture and politics.

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    Motor City Breakdown

    Places Journal

    A sweeping review of Detroit’s portrayal in recent books and films.

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    What You Don’t See

    Places Journal

    Follow the supply chains of architecture and you’ll find not just product manufacturers but also environmental polluters and secretive networks of political influence.

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