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WEEKLY EMAIL: NOVEMBER 23, 2011


Digital Farm Collective

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MATTHEW MOORE

Digital Farm Collective

A few years ago artist and farmer Matthew Moore realized that he would likely be the last of several generations to work the land on the family farm outside Phoenix. As Moore puts it, "We had a new crop: suburban homes." In response Moore has created a multimedia art and education project, the Digital Farm Collective, with the goal of spurring dialogue about the future of agriculture as a community — something to contemplate, as America celebrates Thanksgiving.
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Recent Books from Partner Schools

A round-up of selected books on architecture, urban planning and design by faculty in our partner school network.

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LISA FINDLEY, LIZ OGBU

South Africa: From Township to Town

Since the end of apartheid in 1994, South Africa has labored to redress the legacy of racial segration — including the long history of physical separation exemplified by the black townships. Here Lisa Findley and Liz Ogbu describe diverse efforts to transform the marginalized townships into thriving towns — a struggle that remains ongoing.
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ROBERT E. LANG, ARTHUR C. NELSON

Megapolitan America

Americans have long cherished the myth of the wild frontier; but the United States is a nation of cities, and these cities are growing larger. As planning scholars Robert Lang and Arthur Nelson argue, the country can now be understood in terms of a new geography of "megapolitans" — large and powerful regions consisting of multiple cities and even states that are economically, environmentally and culturally interconnected.
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ANDREW ROSS

Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World's Least Sustainable City

For decades Phoenix was one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., the Sunbelt apotheosis of the gospel of growth; today it's a prime casualty of the housing crash. Andrew Ross analyzes the contradictory political and economic forces, from free-wheeling libertarianism to steady dependence on federal largesse, that have shaped modern Arizona — and made it so emblematic of our thorny national politics.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2008

The New U.S. Embassy in Berlin

In creating a new U.S. embassy in Berlin, architectural design is just one of the challenges.
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RECENT BOOKS RECEIVED

American GlamourAmerican Glamour
Alice T. Friedman

Reading the American Landscape: An Index of Books and ImagesReading the American Landscape: An Index of Books and Images
Lex ter Braak, David Hamers, Anne Hoogewoning, Erik de Jong, Frank van der Salm, Dirk Sijmons and Hanneke Schreiber

Boomtown 2050: Scenarios for a Rapidly Growing CityBoomtown 2050: Scenarios for a Rapidly Growing City
Richard Weller

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