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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 29, 2011


Below the Sill Plate: New Orleans East Struggles to Recover

FEATURED THIS WEEK : DEBORAH GANS

Below the Sill Plate: New Orleans East Struggles to Recover

Soon after Hurricane Katrina, architect Deborah Gans traveled from New York to New Orleans to participate in a HUD-funded grant focused on relief housing for the large low-lying district of New Orleans East. Here she describes several years of design work — with colleagues and students at Pratt, as well as CUNY and NJIT — framed not just as disaster response but more broadly as "re-envisioning the coastal suburb in the age of global warming." Gans is candid about the limited results so far. "The current failure of this project," she says, "is coincidental with a much larger crisis in the rebuilding effort."
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KIAN GOH

Queer Beacon

On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Rebellion — which erupted in response to a police raid on a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village — sparked the gay liberation movement, which will be celebrated this weekend in Pride Parades nationwide. Today the Village continues to attract LGBT youth, who arrive fleeing oppressive and often dangerous situations, seeking community and acceptance. Architect Kian Goh analyzes the challenges they face in upmarket Manhattan, where the recently renovated Stonewall Inn is a tourist attraction and the West Village home to some of the priciest real estate in the city.
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ADELHEID FISCHER

Starry Night

"Grand Canyon is among the few parks in the lower 48 whose nighttime skies are virtually untouched by artificial light pollution. Here, some 5,500 stars are visible to the naked eye; the profound darkness lends uncommon clarity and brilliance to the heavens." Environmental writer Adelheid Fischer — as we mark the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere — describes the growing night-sky movement, which rose in response to the increasing incidence of light pollution. As Fischer notes, the bright lights of Las Vegas illuminate no fewer than eight national parks in the American West.
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Girl Talk: Marion Mahony Griffin, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Oak Park Studio

Earlier this week Despina Stratigakos described the feminist politics that inspired the early 21st-century Architect Barbie. Now architectural historian Alice Friedman examines the early 20th-century career of Marion Mahony Griffin, the first woman licensed to practice architecture in Illinois, and for more than a decade a valued associate of Frank Lloyd Wright. But as Friedman emphasizes, Griffin's accomplishments were extraordinary. "In the late 19th century and much of the 20th," she writes, "women architects were often viewed with contempt and suspicion, not only by fellow practitioners but also by members of the building trades and potential clients."
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2008

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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