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    Landscape Migration

    Places Journal

    We are now well into a geologic era — the Anthropocene — characterized by the acceleration of environmental change. This is the landscape medium in which we design.

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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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    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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    Traces of Traces

    Places Journal

    On the documentation of military landscapes by four American photographers: Richard Misrach, Jan Faul, Peter Goin, and David Hanson.

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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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    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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    The Dilbit Hits the Fan: Alberta Oil

    Places Journal

    If the Keystone XL pipeline is dead, what is the future of the Alberta tar sands? A veteran environmental journalist looks at Canadian energy infrastructure.

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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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    Ecology and Design: Parallel Genealogies

    Places Journal

    The word “ecology” has been co-opted so widely that it has lost real meaning, yet it remains a powerful lens for designers working with complex adaptive systems.

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    Illuminating the Petrochemical Landscape

    Places Journal

    A review of projects that mix photography and environmental activism, including Petrochemical America, by Kate Orff and Richard Misrach.

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    The Vernacular of Disaster

    Places Journal

    In this era of accelerating climate change, your local language of environmental catastrophe and mine, your flood and my drought, are connected in ways they’ve never been before.

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    The Interventionist’s Toolkit: 1

    Places Journal

    Provisional, opportunistic, ubiquitous, and odd tactics in guerrilla practice and DIY urbanism.

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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 Interventionist’s Toolkit: 3

    Places Journal

    How do we judge the success of DIY tactics — of ephemeral works that skirt the edges of activist art and community organizing?

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    The Interventionist’s Toolkit: 4

    Places Journal

    What happens when the grassroots tactics of activist designers collide with the top-down strategies of urban institutions?

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    The Trash Heap of History

    Places Journal

    How Monte Testaccio, Rome’s ancient landfill, can inform contemporary reclamation projects.

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    How to Be an Architecture Critic

    Places Journal

    We’re surrounded by buildings, but do we know how to talk about them?

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    Maps for a Narrative Atlas

    Places Journal

    A geographer maps the everyday things of a neighborhood, finding poetry in the distribution of wind chimes and the mailman’s delivery route.

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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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    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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    Poems as Maps: An Introduction

    Places Journal

    We use maps to find our way in the world, to locate ourselves in relation to others, to measure distance and record change.

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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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    An Interview with Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha

    Places Journal

    Two influential and visionary landscape architects discuss projects from the Mississippi to Mumbai.

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    Paper Architecture, Emerging Urbanism

    Places Journal

    Underemployed designers are proposing speculative solutions to unfolding environmental crises and infrastructural needs. Let’s ground this work in the realities of urban design.

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    The Infrastructural City

    Places Journal

    Los Angeles depends upon vast infrastructural systems that are breathtakingly complex, yet vulnerable to disruption, even disaster.

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    Metaphor Remediation

    Places Journal

    As cities become the new frontiers of green living, let’s revise the old metaphors. Will the high-rise replace Half Dome as the new emblem of environmentalism?

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    An Interview with James Turrell

    Places Journal

    From the first issue of Places: a 1983 interview with James Turrell, then beginning his transformation of the Roden Crater. The monumental work opened to the public in 2012.

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    The Death and Life of Great Architecture Criticism

    Places Journal

    A leading academic and journalist argues that architecture criticism is ripe for bold reinvention.

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