Reading List

List Creator

Vincent deBritto

University of Minnesota

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  • Online

    Cloud and Field

    Places Journal

    On the resurgence of “field guides” in a networked age. We’ve moved from birding to dronewatching, from natural history to dark ecology. But are we still looking through colonialist binoculars?

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    14 to 1: Post-Katrina Architecture by the Numbers

    Places Journal

    The focus on Make It Right might suggest that contemporary residential architecture is typical of post-Katrina New Orleans. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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    The Things They Piled

    Places Journal

    Mountains of petcoke in Southeast Chicago finally came down this month. Terry Evans photographs an industrial landscape in transition.

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    Notes Toward A History of Change

    Places Journal

    The remarkable career of David Bowie was defined by restless transformation. His passing is a prompt to consider the curious nature of change in an era that’s given up on progress.

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    You (Still) Have to Pay for the Public Life

    Places Journal

    Half a century ago Charles Moore was a rising architect and Ivy League academic. He was also the first in the field to look seriously at Disneyland — and he liked what he saw.

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    Indexing the World of Tomorrow

    Places Journal

    How the 1939 World’s Fair anticipated our current obsession with urban data science and “smart” cities.

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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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    Instrumental City: The View from Hudson Yards

    Places Journal

    The world’s most ambitious “smart city” project is here. Should we worry that New York City is becoming an experimental lab?

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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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    Little Libraries in the Urban Margins

    Places Journal

    One of the most promising dimensions of tactical urbanism is the rise of pop-up, guerrilla, and ad-hoc libraries.

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    Interfacing Urban Intelligence

    Places Journal

    As we build so-called “smart” cities, we need to consider the point of engagement where citizens interface with the city’s operating system.

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    Infrastructural Tourism

    Places Journal

    For decades tourists have marveled at monumental dams of the American West. These days they trace infrastructures like satellite communications and nuclear waste transport.

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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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    History of the Urban Dashboard

    Places Journal

    Futuristic control rooms with endless screens of blinking data are proliferating in cities across the globe. Welcome to the age of Dashboard Governance.

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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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    Isthmus: On the Panama Canal Expansion

    Places Journal

    The shockwave of Panama Canal expansion is reshaping cities throughout the Americas. We need to look through the lens of landscape, not logistics.

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