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    Seagram: Union of Building and Landscape

    Places Journal

    The evolution of Mies van der Rohe’s architectural philosophy, culminating in his design for the Seagram Building.

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    The Architect as Urbanist: Part 1

    Places Journal

    The late work of Paul Rudolph deserves renewed attention. A leading historian focuses on the architect’s projects in Southeast Asia.

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    The Architect as Urbanist: Part 2

    Places Journal

    The second installment in a two-part series on the late work of Paul Rudolph focuses on the architect’s projects in Singapore and Jakarta.

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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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    The Emergence of Container Urbanism

    Places Journal

    The repurposed shipping container, now a fixture of urban architecture, is part of a movement that can be traced back to Archigram and the Metabolists in the 1960s.

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    Sidewalking: Along the Miracle Mile

    Places Journal

    Food trucks, public art, a vibrant and organic walking culture: the evolution of Mid-Wilshire mirrors the ongoing transformation of Los Angeles.

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    The Social Project

    Places Journal

    On the complex architectural and social legacy of postwar public housing in the banlieues that ring contemporary Paris.

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    Architecture and the Aestheticization of Politics

    Places Journal

    The Turkish plan to destroy the vital public space of Taksim Gezi Park by turning it into a shopping mall reflects a global democratic crisis.

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    The Village Against the World

    Places Journal

    Inside the Andalusian village that has been working — successfully — to create a communist utopia.

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    Unfinished New York

    Places Journal

    Preservation has evolved from a rarified special interest to an institution — an ethos — entrenched in our culture. But has it become too conservative, elitist and even racist?

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    Housing and the Cooperative Commonwealth

    Places Journal

    In America we have an escalating crisis of housing affordability — yet we are overlooking one of the best and most basic solutions.

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    Fundamental #13

    Places Journal

    How should we understand architects’ complicity in the global real estate system? A response to the Venice Biennale curated by Rem Koolhaas.

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    The Housing Question

    Places Journal

    A debate inspired by the controversial MoMA exhibition Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream.

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    Methodolatry and the Art of Measure

    Places Journal

    The new wave of urban data science (and solutionism) is trending toward an obsession with data-for-data’s-sake and an idolization of method.

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    Corrections and Collections

    Places Journal

    Intriguing parallels in the design of prisons and museums, from the Panopticon to the Guggenheim to contemporary work by Peter Zumthor and Rem Koolhaas.

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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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    Factory of the World: Scenes from Guangdong

    Places Journal

    A journalist investigates the living and working conditions of migrant laborers in Guangdong, and what she sees as the increasing ruthlessness of Chinese urbanism.

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    Beyond Zuccotti Park: Making the Public

    Places Journal

    In the wake of Occupy Wall Street, we need to focus on the making of the public as an engaged citizenry.

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    Little Libraries in the Urban Margins

    Places Journal

    One of the most promising dimensions of tactical urbanism is the rise of pop-up, guerrilla, and ad-hoc libraries.

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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 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 eye traffics in feelings, not thoughts”

    Places Journal

    “Havana: 1933” was one of the first major projects by photographer Walker Evans. Eight decades later it inspired a rephotographic journey through the Cuban capital.

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    “The Spectacle of Growth”

    Places Journal

    The São Paulo Architecture Biennial examines the wave of economic and urban development reshaping Brazil.

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    Lina Bo Bardi and the Architecture of Everyday Culture

    Places Journal

    Key moments in the career of the under-appreciated Italian-Brazilian modernist, with a slideshow of significant projects.

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    The Displacement Decathlon

    Places Journal

    Olympian struggles for affordable housing from Atlanta to Rio de Janeiro.

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    Five Ways to Change the World

    Places Journal

    An idiosyncratic and partial guide to activism through architecture.

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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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    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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    Relearning the Social: Architecture and Change

    Places Journal

    The MoMA exhibition Small Scale, Big Change reinforces the museum’s focus on design as an agent of change.

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    Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning

    Places Journal

    An urban historian assesses the complex legacy of Jane Jacobs, including the rise of community activism and the marginalization of professional planning.

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    Jane Jacobs, Andy Warhol, and Community

    Places Journal

    An urban geographer compares the radically different New York worlds of Warhol’s Factory and Jacobs’s Greenwich Village — and comes to some provocative conclusions.

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    Occupy: What Architecture Can Do

    Places Journal

    Can architects once again participate in a movement to make a better and more equitable society?

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    Housing and the 99 Percent

    Places Journal

    How the governmental and banking policies that have structured home ownership across the decades have worked to reflect, mediate, promote, and endanger the American dream.

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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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    Reality in the Balance

    Places Journal

    Both Trump and the Brexiteers are using power in an effort to overwhelm truth. What can we do as citizens in these politically uncertain times? What can we do as citizen-architects?

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