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Essay: Timothy M. Rohan

Scenographic Urbanism: Paul Rudolph and the Public Realm

Scenographic Urbanism: Paul Rudolph and the Public Realm In the early 1960s Paul Rudolph — then one of the most celebrated architects in America — received two major public commissions: one for a government complex in Boston, the other for a new campus in southeastern Massachusetts. Timothy Rohan argues that together these works not only show Rudolph at the height of his powers but also capture his mastery of "scenographic urbanism" — his ability to imbue public environments with both spatial drama and civic dignity.

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Multimedia: Stuart Hyatt

What the Map Cuts Up

What the Map Cuts Up Over the past six months, artist Stuart Hyatt has walked every step of Washington Street — a 20-mile section of U.S. Route 40 that cuts through Indianapolis — carrying a microphone and audio recorder. Here he presents a selection of photographs and field recordings from his sound map of Indianapolis.

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Essay: Shannon Mattern

Library as Infrastructure

Library as Infrastructure Libraries have always been places where social and informational infrastructures intersect, going back to the proto “think tank” in ancient Alexandria; but today’s libraries are pulled in more directions than ever. On one hand, we rely on them to open opportunities for “the disenfranchised” when social service agencies fall short; on the other, we expect them to be centers of technological innovation housing resources such as hacker labs and maker-spaces. Shannon Mattern asks, just how far can we stretch the library’s program? And how can we embed our values within its material systems?

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Gallery: Noah Addis, Alessandro Imbriaco & Aaron Rothman

Makeshift Metropolis

Makeshift Metropolis Nearly one-sixth of the world’s population lives in unplanned, informal settlements, including urban slums and squatter communities. In this gallery, Aaron Rothman presents the work of two photographers, Noah Addis and Alessandro Imbriaco, whose work provides new perspectives on these makeshift metropolises and the people who live there.

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Gallery: Alec Soth & Brad Zellar; intro by Eric William Carroll

“I struggle when I know the words to a place by heart”

“I struggle when I know the words to a place by heart” “News forces you to go out into the world and encounter other people’s lives,” says photographer Alec Soth, co-creator of the irregular broadsheet newspaper LBM Dispatch. For the past two years, Soth and writer Brad Zellar have been traveling to distant states and reporting the stories of a strange and perhaps broken world. “The result is a newspaper in which every person, every fact and every landmark feels important,” writes Eric William Carroll. “If you’ve picked up a ‘real’ newspaper lately, that vitality can come as a shock.”

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Essay: Reinhold Martin

Fundamental #13

Fundamental #13 For the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, curator Rem Koolhaas has chosen as his theme "fundamentals," meaning the "inevitable elements of all architecture ... the door, the floor, the ceiling, etc." To this list Reinhold Martin proposes another fundamental: real estate, the land itself, without which "all the rest is inconceivable." He then asks difficult questions about architects' complicity in the uses to which land is put by the "transnational, translocal, global and otherwise border-violating and border-producing system of real estate."

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Gallery: Jo Röttger & Aaron Rothman

Landscape and Memory

Landscape and Memory “I’ve never seen war photographs like these,” writes photo editor Aaron Rothman. Rather than a fast handheld camera, Jo Röttger brought a 4x5 view camera to the Afghanistan War, “applying the syntax of landscape photography to a subject that is traditionally the domain of photojournalists.” His project examines the relations between conceptions of nature and cultural identity in wartime.

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Essay: Shannon Mattern

Interfacing Urban Intelligence

Interfacing Urban Intelligence Kicked a city lately? asks Shannon Mattern. As we enter the era of so-called “smart” cities, she argues, we need to consider how citizens interface with the city’s operating system. What does a “right to the city” mean for our future cities? “Can we envision interfaces that honor the multidimensionality and collectivity of the city, the many kinds of intelligence it encompasses, and the diverse ways in which people can enact their agency as urban subjects?” And can we think beyond the screen?

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Essay: Nicole Huber & Ralph Stern

From the American West to West Berlin

From the American West to West Berlin Born in Germany in 1945, just months after the end of World War II, the film director Wim Wenders sought to make sense of the "ruin landscapes" of the nation's cities through personal and professional exploration of the wide-open landscapes of the American West. As Nicole Huber and Ralph Stern write, "The American West — and the American Western — served a specific and telling purpose for the postwar German West: to envision both traumatic upheaval and utopian projection."

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Partner News: Aarhus School of Architecture

Open Professorships

Open ProfessorshipsAarhus School of Architecture has open positions for several professorships.

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Partner News: Georgia Tech

Olmsted Symposium in Atlanta

Olmsted Symposium in AtlantaThe Olmsted Symposium, to be held in Atlanta on June 2, 2014, will focus on sustainable urban infrastructure. It celebrates the new Olmsted endowed faculty position at Georgia Tech's College of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Partner News: Aarhus School of Architecture

Joint masters program on sustainability

Joint masters program on sustainabilityAarhus School of Architecture is partnering with Tsinghua University's Department of Architecture in a Masters program in Energy and Green Architecture.

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Partner News: UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley to Host The City + Water Conference

UC Berkeley to Host The City + Water ConferenceThe conference will be held on February 28.

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Mextrópoli: 1st International Festival of Architecture and the City

Mextrópoli: 1st International Festival of Architecture and the CityMextrópoli, the First International Festival of Architecture and the City, sponsored by Arquine, will take place March 22 - 26, 2014 in Mexico City.

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Partner News: MIT

Jennifer Pahlka Receives the Kevin Lynch Award

Jennifer Pahlka Receives the Kevin Lynch AwardJennifer Pahlka, the founder of Code for America, receives the Kevin Lynch award from the MIT School of Architecture + Planning.

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Partner News: Aarhus School of Architecture

Aarhus School of Architecture Appoints New Prorector

Aarhus School of Architecture Appoints New ProrectorTrine Berthold will focus on international cooperation and strengthening the school's ties to practice.

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Sponsor News: Holcim Foundation

The 4th International Holcim Award Entry Process is Now Open

The 4th International Holcim Award Entry Process is Now OpenThe Holcim Foundation seeks projects and visions that contribute to a more sustainable built environment.

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Partner News: University of Washington

John Schaufelberger Appointed Dean of UW College of Built Environments

John Schaufelberger Appointed Dean of UW College of Built EnvironmentsProfessor Schaufelberger, who has been with the University of Washington since 1994, assumed the deanship on November 1.

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