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WEEKLY EMAIL: DECEMBER 22, 2011


The House on Chicken Feet, Part 1

FEATURED THIS WEEK : KATE BERNHEIMER & ANDREW BERNHEIMER

The House on Chicken Feet, Part 1

In the spirit of the winter holidays, we are pleased to present, over the course of the week, three "architectural fairy tales," reimagined by New York firms. Collected by writer Kate Bernheimer and architect Andrew Bernheimer, all of the tales explore, in words and images, the "promise of a magical home." The first installment, on the hut of the Russian witch Baba Yaga, is by Andrew Bernheimer.
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KATE BERNHEIMER, ANDREW BERNHEIMER & GUY NORDENSON AND ASSOCIATES

The House on Chicken Feet, Part 3

Our holiday week of architectural fairy tales concludes here, with Guy Nordenson and Associates re-envisioning — and re-engineering — the tower in "Rapunzel." This will be Places' last post of 2011 as well. Happy New Year!
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KATE BERNHEIMER, ANDREW BERNHEIMER & LEVEN BETTS WITH BRET QUAGLIARA

The House on Chicken Feet, Part 2

Continuing our winter holiday week of architectural fairy tales, on the theme of magical houses, we present the second installment, in which New York architects David Leven and Stella Betts reimagine "Jack and the Beanstalk."
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KATHLEEN ROBBINS & MARY CAROL MILLER

Cotton Farmers

For several years photographer Kathleen Robbins and writer Mary Carol Miller have been focusing on the cotton farms of their native Mississippi. Theirs is a changing landscape and vanishing livelihood, the cotton farmers, in Miller's words, "as scarce now as the hulking, steel-framed gins that once dotted the flatlands between Memphis and Vicksburg. Most of the gins are now empty, rusting shells, and the men who steered their wagons under the canopies have died or retired or moved on to a more forgiving crop."
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AMY BEEDER

Country Life

A poem about Eastern European immigrants in the American Midwest: "They came for land. For hog-high wheat to Dixon, Weeping Water, Garland Falls; / came to Midland hamlets, made their farms from bogs & marshes, / fens & bottomland: immigrants from Kraków, Darkov, Lasko ..."
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DAVID HEYMANN

The Evil, Evil Grain Elevator

In the third and last installment of this latest series on buildings and landscapes, David Heymann analyzes the very different ways in which works of sculpture and works of architecture occupy the landscape. And he looks closely at a grain elevator, and shows how a form which we usually experience as a familiar and even neighborly presence can come to seem evil.
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REINHOLD MARTIN

Occupy: The Day After

Earlier this fall, on Places, Reinhold Martin explored how architects and urban designers might contribute their expertise to the proliferating Occupy protests here and abroad. Now, following the eviction of encampments from multiple U.S. cities, he looks at what might happen next — how the movement can confront the structural inequities of transnational capitalism and "build something new out of obsolete forms."
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A critique of New Urbanism focusing not on its traditionalism but on the unsustainability of its planning models.
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