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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

    As climate change accelerates, your catastrophic language and mine — your flood and my drought — are connected as 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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    Perpetual Neglect

    Places Journal

    The racism that plagues African Americans in life is perpetuated in death. Today there is nothing less than a preservation crisis for black burial grounds across the country.

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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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    800 Miles: Photographing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline

    Places Journal

    Documenting a perfectly engineered, efficient structure dedicated to the ruthless and expedient exhaustion of nonrenewable resources.

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    Tracks: A Walk in the Arctic

    Places Journal

    A series of photographs — an ongoing experiment — that document walks taken in high summer in the Svalbard Archipelago, above the Arctic Circle.

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    Mitigations

    Places Journal

    In the coal country of Southeast Ohio, the past is a renewable resource, growing larger every year.

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    What You Don’t See

    Places Journal

    Follow the supply chains of architecture and you’ll find not just product manufacturers but also environmental polluters and secretive networks of political influence.

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    This Is Flint, Michigan

    Places Journal

    A design professor probes the deep decline of Flint — birthplace of GM — and wonders about the role of the architect in a city where there’s more demolition than design.

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    The Paradox of Security

    Places Journal

    Ecological security is a relatively new theme in design practice, and a resonant one. But we shouldn’t embrace the concept without considering the consequences.

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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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