Reading List

List Creator

Nicolas Manuel Tedin

Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

Lectures


  • 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.

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    Head of the Dragon: The Rise of New Shanghai

    Places Journal

    The fast-forward reinvention of Shanghai, a dynamic and contradictory city that has yet to live up to its historic promise — to sort out what it means to be Chinese and modern.

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    Yangon: History of the Present

    Places Journal

    Emerging from a half century of dictatorship, can Myanmar’s principal city be a model of sustainable, democratic development?

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    Divide and Conquer

    Places Journal

    The abstract lines we’ve drawn across America — the Mason Dixon Line, the Transcontinental Railroad — still resonate in the cultural landscape of the nation.

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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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    The Flora of the Future

    Places Journal

    Celebrating the botanical diversity of cities. A photo survey of urban wild plants.

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    Building Hyperdensity and Civic Delight

    Places Journal

    Americans are conflicted about urban development: somehow we’ve demonized both sprawl and density. Here’s the case for the hyperdense city: prosperous, sustainable, delightful.

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    Makeshift Metropolis

    Places Journal

    Unplanned, informal settlements are home to a billion people worldwide.

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    The iUrbanisms of Los Angeles

    Places Journal

    For ambitious L.A. architects, city talk has gone deeply out of fashion. Yet insightful protagonists continue to seek a better future for L.A. architecture vis-à-vis L.A. urbanism.

  • Online

    The Fight for San Francisco

    Places Journal

    Two photographers document labor landmarks that are forgotten in a city where workers’ histories are constantly overwritten.

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    Beautiful and Terrible: Aerial Views of Suburbia

    Places Journal

    Aerial photographs of the postwar suburban boom in Lakewood, California, were out of date as soon as the prints were dry, but the anxieties they evoked became timeless.

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    The Irrational Exuberance of Rem Koolhaas

    Places Journal

    The architect’s career embodies the inevitable contradictions in trying to marry art and capitalism, radicalism and pragmatism, icon-making and city-making.

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    A Mound in the Wood

    Places Journal

    Reconsidering Adolf Loos’s proposition: “Only a very small part of architecture belongs to art: the tomb and the monument.”

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    “The moment for something to happen”

    Places Journal

    A new documentary remembers the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies — a heady mix of think tank, exhibit space, journal publisher, and cocktail party.

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    Kiyonori Kikutake: Structuring the Future

    Places Journal

    Kiyonori Kikutake was one of the most gifted and influential of the Metabolist generation that dominated postwar Japan. His architecture remains as powerful as ever.

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    A Short History of American Urban Exceptionalism

    Places Journal

    American urban development has long pursued its own distinctive course — an urbanism without fixed limits, with endlessly extendable boundaries.

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    The Westward-Moving House

    Places Journal

    Now online, a classic essay on the American homestead.

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