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WEEKLY EMAIL: OCTOBER 12, 2011


I Watch <em>Slacker</em> to Read Austin in the Original

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ENRIQUE RAMIREZ

I Watch Slacker to Read Austin in the Original

Back in 1991 Richard Linklater's Slacker — shot in 16 mm on location in Austin, Texas, for a budget of less than $25,000 — became an indie cinema phenomenon. Twenty years later it remains a resonant portrait of Austin at a pivotal and poignant moment when, as Enrique Ramirez writes, "the city had not yet become the self-conscious nexus of music and media — and money and fame and power — epitomized by the spectacle of the annual festival SXSW."
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KATHERINE L. HESTER

Hill Country Fossils

Following Enrique Ramirez’s essay about reading Austin, Texas, through film, we present a poem set in an exurban subdivision in the Texas Hill Country: The more that we build, the easier it is to forget: /
these limestone hills will always be / the bottom of a sea that is no longer, and sunk / somewhere within it / are cabins chinked with stone.
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MIT

MIT Architecture Announces Fall Lectures

Events include a symposium on October 7, "Considering Cities: Time, Size, Environment," as well as lectures by international architects and scholars throughout the fall.

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BRIAN ULRICH

Is This Place Great or What

A decade ago, in response to the post 9/11 equation of "shopping with patriotism" — which seemed to him incredible — photographer Brian Ulrich began his ongoing project of exploring the sites of contemporary consumer culture. Here he focuses on so-called "dark stores" — big boxes and whole malls that have gone under, collateral damage of the crash.
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ALEXANDRA LANGE & MARK LAMSTER

Lunch with the Critics: Supertall

In the latest installment of Lunch with the Critics, Alexandra Lange and Mark Lamster travel to Lower Manhattan to view the exhibition Supertall! at the Skyscraper Museum. After touring the show, they walked north to the Winter Garden in Battery Park City, where they composed this dialogue in the shadow of New York City's rising entry into the supertall field, One World Trade Center.
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PRATT INSTITUTE

Pratt Pop-Up Showcases Work from Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation

A pop-up store in a shipping container at the DeKalb Market in Brooklyn showcases the entrepreneurial talents of Pratt designers, artists and architects.

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