Reading List

List Creator

Sarah Swanseen

University of Southern California

My Bookmarks


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    Environment as Politics

    Places Journal

    A visual study of the relation between residential density and voting behavior in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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    Balancing America’s (Sediment) Budget

    Places Journal

    The promethean geo-engineering of our river systems has resulted in the catastrophic erosion of American coasts. What can be done?

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    What Happens After the Worst Happens?

    Places Journal

    New photographs of Mount St. Helens, alongside classic views by Frank Gohlke, show the land’s extraordinary response after the 1980 eruption.

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    Above Grade: On the High Line

    Places Journal

    A native New Yorker traces the pre-history of the High Line, and ponders whether the celebrated park will be a victim of its success.

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    Storm Season

    Places Journal

    The fragile and changing landscapes of the barrier islands of southern Louisiana.

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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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    Maintenance and Care

    Places Journal

    A working guide to the repair of rust, dust, cracks, and corrupted code in our cities, our homes, and our social relations.

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    Willful Waters

    Places Journal

    Los Angeles and its river have long been enmeshed in an epic struggle for control.

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    Mapping’s Intelligent Agents

    Places Journal

    How do machine intelligences read and write the world? And what Other intelligences deserve our attention?

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    Champion Trees and Urban Forests

    Places Journal

    Can urban forests save the planet? A review of The Man Who Planted Trees.

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    Curious Methods

    Places Journal

    On the mud flat of the Great Salt Lake, two landscape researchers follow Gregory Bateson and Bruno Munari in search of a mode of practice that “probes” but does not “prove.”

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    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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    Control Earth

    Places Journal

    What is Earth’s baseline temperature? Good question. The climate scenario ‘historicalNat’ simulates a world without human intervention.

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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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    The Big Data of Ice, Rocks, Soils, and Sediments

    Places Journal

    Inside the material archives of climate science, which get wilder and dirtier the deeper you go.

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