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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 15, 2011


A Home Before the End of the World

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ADELHEID FISCHER

A Home Before the End of the World

What does it mean when a famous contemporary novelist — often praised for the precision of his prose — makes careless errors in his depiction of the natural world? Environmental writer Adelheid Fischer sees this kind of "eco-confabulation" as symptomatic of a larger ignorance of nature and natural history, of what she calls "the webbiness of life" on the planet of which we humans are but a part. Is our ignorance, Fischer wonders, somehow enabling us to ignore the accelerating degradation of our environment?
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DESPINA STRATIGAKOS

What I Learned from Architect Barbie

"In February Architect Barbie made her industry debut at the Toy Fair in New York City; in May she made her professional entrance at the AIA convention in New Orleans. But Architect Barbie's real beginnings were political." Architectural historian Despina Stratigakos describes how she came to lobby a multinational toymaker to view architecture as a viable profession for its iconic doll — and in the process stimulate new discussion in a field "which has struggled more than most professions to foster diversity."
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KAREN PIPER

"We Just Want To Be Tourists"

"Imagine bands of protestors surrounding Yellowstone, waving black flags and blocking the exits with burning tires. Imagine the lodges of Yosemite running short of food and gasoline and tourists beginning to panic. Imagine the press remaining oblivious even as thousands are being held against their will and people are ending up dead. Imagine all this and you'll have a sense of what was happening in January in southernmost Chile." Karen Piper tells the tale of her trip to Torres del Paine, and wonders whether tourism itself is an endangered activity, "threatened by dwindling energy resources, a withering middle class, and the rising inequality that is fueling instability, protest and terrorism."
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ALEXANDRA LANGE, MARK LAMSTER

Lunch with the Critics: Cronocaos

"Cronocaos," curated by OMA/Rem Koolhaas, opened this spring at the New Museum in New York City. The exhibition examines the "global taskforce" of architectural and ecological preservation, which, Koolhaas argues, has made a large part of the planet effectively "immutable." In the latest installment of Lunch with the Critics, Mark Lamster and Alexandra Lange visit the exhibition, and debate its success.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2000

Portfolio: Uneasy Spaces

New York City photographer Elizabeth Felicella focuses on what she calls "landscape of security."
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