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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 01, 2011


A Short History of the Campsite

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MARTIN HOGUE

A Short History of the Campsite

"There is a satisfying immediacy about establishing an encampment for the night — clearing the site, erecting the tent, chopping wood, building a fire and cooking over the live flame — that in turn suggests a meaningful connection to landscape, place and the rugged life of backwoods adventurers.... This summer millions of Americans will take to the road in search of this powerful experience of nature." As the summer vacation season begins, Martin Hogue traces a history of the campsite, from early 20th-century wilderness camps to today's domesticated campgrounds, where the amenities include mini-golf and wi-fi.
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MICHAEL MALTZAN

No More Play

Los Angeles has long epitomized the restless, dynamic and unpredictable urbanism of postwar America. And today, argues architect Michael Maltzan, the city is again on the brink of transformation — of a new era propelled simultaneously by increasing density and by the geographical limits of further growth. Which raises, says Maltzan, a key question: "What is the new identity for a city whose entire life has been marked by its ability and desire to endlessly expand?"
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IAN BALDWIN

The Architecture of Harry Weese

Like Kevin Roche — profiled earlier this week on Places — Harry Weese belongs to the mid-century generation of architects that dominated American practice in the postwar era but whose work has lately been neglected. Architect Ian Baldwin analyzes Weese's half-century legacy, and finds a committed modernist who was "neither a stylist nor an iconoclast, whose work and words responded to a set of progressive social values and a straightforward concern for bettering the built environment."
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Growing Water

Growing Water is a bold proposal by a team of Chicago urban designers for how cities can ensure the availability of an increasingly scarce resource.
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