Reading List

List Creator

Eric Baldwin

Drury University

Critical Landscapes


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    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.

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    Blue Urbanism

    Places Journal

    Urban planners need to think not just green but also blue. How does the design of cities affect the health of the oceans?

  • Online

    Visualizing Landscapes: In the Terrain of Water

    Places Journal

    A portfolio exploring the representation of water and landscape, from the Beaux Arts to the digital.

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    Ecology and Design: Parallel Genealogies

    Places Journal

    The word “ecology” has been co-opted so widely that it has lost real meaning, yet it remains a powerful lens for designers working with complex adaptive systems.

  • Online

    Lunch with the Critics: Cronocaos

    Places Journal

    A critical conversation on the new exhibition on preservation curated by OMA/Rem Koolhaas.

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    Library as Infrastructure

    Places Journal

    Reading room, social service center, innovation lab. How far can we stretch the public library?

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    Methodolatry and the Art of Measure

    Places Journal

    The new wave of urban data science (and solutionism) is trending toward an obsession with data-for-data’s-sake and an idolization of method.

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    Cartographic Grounds: Projective Landscapes

    Places Journal

    A new exhibition explores a range of cartographic practices, from a medieval map of the British Isles to contemporary data visualization.

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    Maps for a Narrative Atlas

    Places Journal

    A geographer maps the everyday things of a neighborhood, finding poetry in the distribution of wind chimes and the mailman’s delivery route.

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    Site, Ascendant

    Places Journal

    On the rising importance of landscape to architecture, seen in works by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Peter Zumthor, OMA, Zaha Hadid, and others.

  • Online

    The Land Up North

    Places Journal

    For Thanksgiving week, an essay about the cycles of life and land.

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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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