Reading List

List Author

Masaru Saito

Leiden University

My Bookmarks


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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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    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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    Library as Infrastructure

    Places Journal

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

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    A City Is Not a Computer

    Places Journal

    This seems an obvious truth, but we need to say it loud and clear. Urban intelligence is more than information processing.

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    Closet Archive

    Places Journal

    Closets are not just for storage. They are also active, generative spaces where media are made and knowledges born.

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    Post-It Note City

    Places Journal

    A visit to the smart-city-in-progress at Sidewalk Toronto prompts questions about what it means to “participate” in civic design.

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    Tree Thinking

    Places Journal

    Trees have served as models of intellectual inquiry and as sites of religious and civic deliberation. Now they are inspiring deeper forms of ecological investigation.

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    Liquid Cities

    Places Journal

    In Japanese architecture and science fiction from the 1960s through the 1990s, we can trace an enduring question: “how to make substantial architecture when substantial things are losing their meaning.”

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    The Anti-Cairo

    Places Journal

    Egypt’s military regime is building a new capital city in the desert, where the “People’s Piazza” will be a pale shadow of Tahrir Square.

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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.

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    Utu in the Anthropocene

    Places Journal

    How are colonial landscapes to be redesigned? To answer this question, begin with the Māori concept of reciprocity, the foundation for the valuation of all beings, human and non-human.

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    Lessons from the Front Lines of Social Design

    Places Journal

    A young architect recounts his experiences at Arcosanti, Rural Studio, and YouthBuild, and describes the challenges of making a real career in public interest design.

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    Makerspace: Towards a New Civic Infrastructure

    Places Journal

    Makerspaces are at once an emerging architectural and institutional typology and a manifestation of the so-called sharing economy. But will they last?

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    Scenographic Urbanism: Paul Rudolph

    Places Journal

    A detailed look at Paul Rudolph’s masterful — and theatrical — civic and public projects of the early 1960s.

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    Writ Small

    Places Journal

    Children’s literature is full of stories about houses and their makers, and the meaning of home.

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    Place and Augmented Reality: Part I

    Places Journal

    The real-time, mediating imageries of augmented reality are revolutionizing how we perceive and inhabit place.

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    Countryside: The Future and the Past

    Places Journal

    Two recent exhibitions showcase efforts by vastly different visual thinkers to document rural life. One body of work is determined to remain detached; the other is driven by political commitment.

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