Reading List

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Lydia Thompson

Bennington College

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    Notes Toward a History of Agrarian Urbanism

    Places Journal

    Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Hilberseimer, and Andrea Branzi anticipated today’s interest in urban farming.

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    City Ground

    Places Journal

    The making of geological strata — the very ground beneath feet — is an essential component of the mass shift of humankind to urban living.

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    Experimental Preservation

    Places Journal

    Experimental preservationists are challenging old assumptions about cultural heritage, spotlighting objects once considered ugly or unsavory, long excluded from official narratives.

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    Hippie Modernism

    Places Journal

    In the late 1960s, Bay Area design activists sought to blend the aspirations of progressive architecture with new environmental imperatives — a goal that’s more relevant than ever.

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    Designing Indian Country

    Places Journal

    Suppose Native America is not over, that there is no “after colonialism.” How do we create public spaces that enable true contact between cultures?

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    The Interventionist’s Toolkit: 2

    Places Journal

    DIY urbanists are making ingenious use of print media to spur urban activism — and sometimes revolution.

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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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    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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    "Dreaming True"

    Places Journal

    For nearly half a century, the pioneering landscape architect Martha Brookes Hutcheson used her own farm to empower women and to build an ecological design theory through action.

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    Landscape Forensics

    Places Journal

    A landscape photographer examines material traces of invisible phenomena like climate change and politically disputed land claims.

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    We Are in a Western Town

    Places Journal

    The enduring power of the photographs of Robert Adams, and what they reveal about the paradoxical landscapes of the American West.

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    Drylands: Water and the West

    Places Journal

    Our hydrological infrastructure is now nearly obsolete. Water is rapidly becoming the largest and least understood environmental challenge of the 21st century.

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    If There Be Such Space

    Places Journal

    It’s easy to summon large feeling when we’ve arrived at a majestic waterfall or canyon rim, but the world requires us to read more carefully.

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    Jane Jacobs, Andy Warhol, and Community

    Places Journal

    An urban geographer compares the radically different New York worlds of Warhol’s Factory and Jacobs’s Greenwich Village — and comes to some provocative conclusions.

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    An Appalachian Trail

    Places Journal

    In its original concept, the Appalachian Trail was more than a hiking path. It was a wildly ambitious plan to reorganize the economic geography of the eastern United States.

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    Tony Smith and the Suburban Sublime

    Places Journal

    A minimalist’s epiphany on the New Jersey Turnpike. What can we learn about suburbia from avant-garde art?

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    Gordon Matta-Clark and the Politics of Shared Space

    Places Journal

    An artist in the era of urban renewal thinks through what it might mean to fully collaborate with local communities.

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    Rural Visions: Grace Farms and Rural Studio

    Places Journal

    Grace Farms and Rural Studio would seem to be perfect architectural embodiments of the extreme inequality of wealth that afflicts the world today. But it’s not so simple.

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    A Short History of the Campsite

    Places Journal

    A landscape historian traces the story of the campground, from early wilderness caravans to today’s domesticated sites.

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    Ugly America

    Places Journal

    In its depiction of the midcentury commercial landscape, Life embodied our contradictory efforts to reconcile civic ideals and free-market economics.

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    An Excerpt from S P R A W L

    Places Journal

    A passage from a comic novel that pieces together a theory of the American suburb.

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