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    Speculative Archaeology

    Places Journal

    Faux-ethnographic dioramas, modern interiors reimagined as psychedelic ruin-worlds, invented histories of proto-architecture: archaeology, as model or metaphor, has been surfacing a lot in art practice and design theory.

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    Hippie Modernism

    Places Journal

    In the late 1960s, Bay Area design activists sought to blend the aspirations of progressive architecture with new environmental imperatives — a goal that’s more relevant than ever.

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    Levees That Might Have Been

    Places Journal

    A history of forgotten inventions that would have produced a very different landscape along American rivers.

  • Online

    Zone: The Spatial Softwares of Extrastatecraft

    Places Journal

    The phenomenal rise of the free zone, an opportunistic urban hybrid that has powered the rise of glittering world cities like Singapore and Dubai.

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    History of the Urban Dashboard

    Places Journal

    Futuristic control rooms with endless screens of blinking data are proliferating in cities across the globe. Welcome to the age of Dashboard Governance.

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    You (Still) Have to Pay for the Public Life

    Places Journal

    Half a century ago Charles Moore was a rising architect and Ivy League academic. He was also the first in the field to look seriously at Disneyland — and he liked what he saw.

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