Reading List

List Author

Izzy Korostoff

sediment and infrastructure


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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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    The Land Where Birds Are Grown

    Places Journal

    A visit to the engineered wetlands of California’s intensively cultivated Central Valley.

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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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    Balancing America’s (Sediment) Budget

    Places Journal

    The promethean geo-engineering of our river systems has resulted in the catastrophic erosion of American coasts. What can be done?

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    Community Plumbing

    Places Journal

    Let’s hear it for the neighborhood hardware store. Here, amidst the nuts and bolts, we cultivate the potential to order things, places, communities, politics, and values — we might even say, to build and repair worlds.

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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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    Watermark: Along the California Aqueduct

    Places Journal

    The extraordinary achievement of modern California — the transformation of a semi-arid region into an abundant and prosperous place — has produced a wicked tangle of problems.

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    “We shall deal here with humble things”

    Places Journal

    It may be the smallest room in the house, but the humble bathroom is where our daily domestic lives connect with large-scale infrastructures of water, waste, and sanitation.

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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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    Visualizing Landscapes: In the Terrain of Water

    Places Journal

    A portfolio exploring the representation of water and landscape, from the Beaux Arts to the digital.

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    In the Mississippi Delta: Building with Water

    Places Journal

    Without massive land-building, the Gulf Coast will disappear. LSU’s Coastal Sustainability Studio tackles the challenges of America’s Third Coast.

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    The Water Underground

    Places Journal

    A video that tracks the complex — and contested — systems of water supply, treatment, and waste that serve New York City.

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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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    Preparing Ground

    Places Journal

    Two visionary landscape architects discuss their work on contested environments from the Mississippi to Mumbai.

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    Water in the West

    Places Journal

    A collaborative photography project focuses on the natural element that has defined the American West.

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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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