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WEEKLY EMAIL: DECEMBER 07, 2011


The Death and Life of Great Architecture Criticism

FEATURED THIS WEEK : THOMAS FISHER

The Death and Life of Great Architecture Criticism

What is the future of architecture criticism? Tom Fisher parses an interview with artist Chuck Close, and sees in Close's reinvention of the art of portraiture some timely lessons for the next generation of criticism.
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PLACES EDITORS

Public and Private

Places Journal seeks articles that explore the complex dynamic of public and private in contemporary politics and culture, and how this dynamic influences the design and production of buildings, landscapes and cities.

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DAVID HEYMANN

A Mound in the Wood

"Only a very small part of architecture belongs to art: the tomb and the monument." So declared Adolf Loos in his 1910 essay "Architecture." Here, in the second installment of his latest series on the charged relationship of buildings and landscapes, David Heymann offers a close reading of Loos's famous and still shocking essay, which is, he says, "more radical today than when it was written."
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DAVID HEYMANN

Landscape Is Our Sex

One of the truisms of contemporary architectural thinking is that the relationship of a building to its landscape is — or ought to be — one of the crucial determinants of its design. Here, in the first of three essays that will appear in the next weeks, David Heymann unpacks the various causes and effects — the logics and illogics — of this powerful cultural presumption.
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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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PLACES EDITORS

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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Infrastructural Optimism

Learning from New Orleans, or why we really need a new New Deal.
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Richard Weller

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