Poetry & Fiction
A Life in Ruins
On Places, a story about the incongruency of clients’ desires and the hope many architects secretly harbor, that architecture is a conduit to the real. (Features audio recording by the author.)
My Beautiful City
On Places, a story by David Heymann, on Austin then and now, and a heartbreak of a house commission; with an audio recording by the author.
On Places, a poem by Josh Wallaert, from the chapbook A Guide to the Northwest Territory.
Lunch with Giambattista Nolli
On Places, a poem by architect and urbanist Dolores Hayden, accompanied by images from the 1748 Nolli Map of Rome.
On Places, a poem by Amy Beeder about Eastern European immigrants in the American Midwest.
Katherine L. Hester
Hill Country Fossils
On Places, a poem by Katherine L. Hester set in an exurban subdivision in the Texas Hill Country.
An Excerpt from S P R A W L
On Places, a passage from Danielle Dutton's comic novel S P R A W L
, which pieces together a theory of the American suburb.
Sarah at the Palace
On Places, a short story by Ryan Harty set in an apartment complex half a mile from the Las Vegas strip.
On Places, a short story by Barry Lopez set in the Petersen Mountains on the Nevada-California border.
Small and Heavy World
On Places, a short story by Ashleigh Pedersen set in a fantastical landscape among the trees during a flood in the Deep South.
On Places, a short story by Anthony Doerr set in a Chinese village soon to be drowned by the Three Gorges Dam.
On Places, fabulist Emily Mitchell conjures up an alternate history of the United States.
No One Heard a Thing the Night the Chicken Died
On Places, a short story by Urban Waite set on a family farm adjacent to a new golf course in Long Beach, California.
Bobby C. Rogers
On Places, a poem by Bobby C. Rogers about the names of things.
On Places, a poem by D.H. Tracy, a salute to England on Independence Day.
Anne Pierson Wiese
On Places, a poem by Anne Pierson Wiese, Sutliff Bridge,
inspired by the dramatic destruction of an historic Iowa bridge in the floods of 2008.
Working for the People
Completing his doctorate in geography, Timothy Mennel produced not a typical dissertation but Everything Must Go: A Novel of Robert Moses's New York
. On Places, read an excerpt, in which Moses and Frank Lloyd Wright take a drive through Harlem and the Bronx.