Reading List

List Creator

Justin Miller

Auburn University

Public Works: rethinking infrastructure


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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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    State of the Commons

    Places Journal

    We can marvel at the power of Internet tools, but let’s not forget how much more public they could be.

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    Surface to Unlimited: A Visit to Spaceport America

    Places Journal

    Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, has long depended on tourism. Now spaceflight has been folded into its mythos, at the dawn of the Second Space Age.

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    Fracture Critical

    Places Journal

    Much U.S. infrastructure is “fracture critical” — vulnerable to catastrophic and systemic failure; so too are our finance, housing, and energy systems.

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    In Motion: The Experience of Travel

    Places Journal

    Can we redesign the commute? Tony Hiss poses provocative questions in his latest book.

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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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    Roads to Rails

    Places Journal

    Laying out the math for a modern streetcar revival, supported by municipal investment in urban rail.

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    Thirsty City

    Places Journal

    An environmental historian assesses the massive infrastructure that brings water to the American West — and makes it possible to take a shower in Los Angeles.

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    Infrastructural Tourism

    Places Journal

    For decades tourists have marveled at monumental dams of the American West. These days they trace infrastructures like satellite communications and nuclear waste transport.

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    The Public Works

    Places Journal

    Why isn’t the Great Recession inspiring a new New Deal? Places’ editor argues that we no longer believe in public-sector solutions — or even in the public itself.

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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 Future of Mobility: Greening the Airport

    Places Journal

    The next generation of sustainable airport design will go beyond LEED certification to address the airfield within its metropolitan context.

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    The Past Is Promenade: On the High Line

    Places Journal

    The latest addition to New York’s public realm is neither city nor park nor movement infrastructure but a hybrid creature formed from all three: a slow corridor.

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    Working Public Architecture

    Places Journal

    Can we envision a contemporary counterpart to the New Deal? WPA 2.0 is an ambitious competition and symposium created by cityLab at UCLA.

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    Infrastructural Optimism

    Places Journal

    Learning from New Orleans, or why we really need a new New Deal.

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    Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works

    Places Journal

    Principles to guide the next generation of green infrastructure, from power networks to transportation systems to high-performance buildings.

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    After the Storm: Climate Change and Public Works

    Places Journal

    The accelerating crisis of climate change suggests a newly intensified political agenda for design activism.

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    Is This Place Great or What

    Places Journal

    Dark stores, empty big boxes, and ghost malls are the collateral consumer damage of the great recession.

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    Road Ecology: Wildlife Habitat and Highway Design

    Places Journal

    The emerging field of road ecology will define the next generation of highway design.

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    The City and the Sea

    Places Journal

    The landscape and politics of New York City after Hurricane Sandy.

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    Governors Island: An Interview with Adriaan Geuze

    Places Journal

    A leading landscape architect shares his vision for a big new public park in New York Harbor.

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    Public and Common(s)

    Places Journal

    A philosophical view of the terms public and commons, from the 20th-century treatises of Hannah Arendt and Jurgen Habermas to recent books by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri.

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    Seattle Central Library: Civic Architecture in the Age of Media

    Places Journal

    In the Seattle Public Library, Rem Koolhaas and OMA work to transform architecture into media interface.

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