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WEEKLY EMAIL: SEPTEMBER 14, 2011


The Interventionist

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MIMI ZEIGER

The Interventionist's Toolkit, Part 3: Our Cities, Ourselves

In this latest installment of her ongoing series on interventionist tactics in DIY urbanism, Mimi Zeiger looks at a range of projects, from community gardens and food trucks to pop-up markets in shipping containers to small business incubators in an old steel city. She then asks a tough question: How do we evaluate these kinds of projects? As Zeiger asks, how do we judge "ephemeral works that skirt the edges of activist art and community organizing? How do we measure the impacts of ambiguously defined and informal activities that are not only creative and civic but also emotionally charged?"
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CHRISTIAN WIDMER

Non Zero Sum

In this moment of public and personal commemoration of 9/11, we present a portfolio by photographer Christian Widmer. Mixing "acute observations of our time with allusions to an historical context of decades and millennia," as Places photo editor Aaron Rothman says, Widmer's images capture a sense of the unfolding unease that's marked the past ten years.
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JAMES BARILLA

The Road to Exurbia

"Each year, by his own calculation, my dad drives as many miles as the circumference of the earth. He gets up while the dawn mist is still clinging to the hemlocks, settles into the car with a travel mug of coffee and a book on tape, and makes his way from a hill town in Western Massachusetts to his job near Boston. He's been doing it for over 24 years, which means he's been rotating the earth longer than many satellites." For writer James Barilla, his father's daily commute — the deep environmental footprint of the rural professional — has come to symbolize the poignant dilemma of exurbia. As he says, a post-Sixties generation now finds the plain-living, back-to-the-land lifestyle "implicated in the problems it once challenged."
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ALAN THOMAS

The Blue Corvette

An amusement ride in Maine, a parking lot in Montana, a suburban shrine in Indiana. Teenage army recruits at the Shenandoah County Fair, and Civil War reenactors in southwest Virginia. Plus that blue Corvette, for sale on a lawn. As summer ends, we are pleased to present a portfolio of photographs by Alan Thomas, all made, he says, "between Memorial and Labor Day in an America of lengthening shadows."
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 1983

An Interview with James Turrell

A 1983 interview with James Turrell, then beginning his transformation of the Roden Crater. The monumental work is scheduled to open to the public in 2012.
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