Reading List

List Creator

Ramya Swayamprakash

Lawrence Technological University

Interesting Reads


  • Online

    Detroit Borderama: Part 1

    Places Journal

    Detroit looks just like a city, except it’s not one any more. The first installment in a three-part essay.

  • Online

    Detroit Borderama: Part 2

    Places Journal

    Henry Ford retooled the city on the hill for a new mobility. The cars he built, and the roads created to serve them, radically remapped our cities.

  • Online

    Detroit Borderama: Part 3

    Places Journal

    The genius of Eminem: He reclaims the space of borderama spectacle — the space of Detroit — for the purpose of personal testimony.

  • Online

    Infrastructure as Landscape

    Places Journal

  • 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

    Thirsty City

    Places Journal

    An environmental historian assesses the massive infrastructure that brings water to the American West — and makes it possible to take a shower in Los Angeles.

  • Online

    The Gray Scale

    Places Journal

    The Boundary Monuments along the U.S.-Mexico border were erected back in an era content to mark the border with dignified stone sentinels.

  • Online

    Zone: The Spatial Softwares of Extrastatecraft

    Places Journal

    The phenomenal rise of the free zone, an opportunistic urban hybrid that has powered the rise of glittering world cities like Singapore and Dubai.

  • Online

    Forgetting Machine: Notes Toward a History of Detroit

    Places Journal

    Whatever happens next will be without precedent because the context of city no longer applies in this place where history has finally run out.

  • Online

    Living with Mies: The Towers at Lafayette Park

    Places Journal

    A glimpse of life at Lafayette Park, one of the most racially integrated and economically stable neighborhoods in Detroit.

  • Online

    Backwater: Landscapes of the Mississippi Delta

    Places Journal

    Resuscitating the Mississippi Delta with river diversions and sediment siphons would be the world’s largest coastal restoration project. But it could happen.

  • Online

    Turning on the Fantasy Fountain

    Places Journal

    As water became abstracted from the landscape, so did the imagination. How the Los Angeles Aqueduct made Hollywood.

  • Online

    Turning on the Fantasy Fountain

    Places Journal

    As water became abstracted from the landscape, so did the imagination. How the Los Angeles Aqueduct made Hollywood.

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