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Shelly Pottorf

Prairie View A&M University

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    Landscape Is Our Sex

    Places Journal

    Should the relationship of a building to its landscape be a key element of its design? Unpacking the logics and illogics of this powerful cultural presumption.

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    The Ugly Pet

    Places Journal

    Sustainability should be revolutionary to architectural form. But it hasn’t been, at least not yet.

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    Trouble with Terminators

    Places Journal

    Why not make buildings today as they once were made? This is actually a really good, really radical question.

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    A Building, Not a Colt Revolver

    Places Journal

    From prehistoric cliff dwellings to recent projects by Morphosis and Herzog & de Meuron, the question of how a building should relate to its site offers no easy or universal answer.

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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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    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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    Eat the City

    Places Journal

    The case for “civic agriculture” — for reconceptualizing cities as networks of agricultural zones, from parks to allotments.

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    Building Hyperdensity and Civic Delight

    Places Journal

    Americans are conflicted about urban development: somehow we’ve demonized both sprawl and density. Here’s the case for the hyperdense city: prosperous, sustainable, delightful.

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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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    The Temptations of Survivalism

    Places Journal

    Is self-sufficiency an illusionary goal? How independent can any building — or city — really be?

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