AN XIAO MINA
In January 2011 An Xiao Mina traveled from her native Los Angeles to the Beijing arts district of Caochangdi to work in the studio of artist Ai Weiwei. She arrived to find an uneasy place. Months earlier the residents — a mix of local and international artists and provincial migrants — had been notified by state authorities that Caochangdi was slated for demolition. Here Mina recounts a volatile but gratifying year spent "in a city that seemed to change with vertiginous speed."
Earlier this week we published Michael Ezban’s study of Monte Testaccio, the Roman landfill that has been, at various times, quarry, wine cellar, military bunker, festival site and inspiration for landscape architects. Today we present another source of inspiration: Giambattista Nolli’s map of Rome, engraved in 1748, with a poem by architect and urbanist Dolores Hayden.
PARTNER NEWS: ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
The former chair of the University of Virginia’s Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture heads to Arizona State University, where he will replace Darren Petrucci as head of The Design School on August 1.
For years visual artists have been documenting — critiquing — the environmental degradation of the planet. Mark Feldman looks closely at how the photographers Edward Burtynsky and Chris Jordan have struggled to visualize the consequences of oil, from extraction to use to waste. But what are the ultimate political or social effects? As Feldman asks: "To what degree can these photographs circulate as fine art images — making the usual circuit of galleries and museums — and at the same time be enlisted as evidence in environmental writing and politics?"
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 1983
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.
University of Southern California, School of Architecture
The University of Southern California School of Architecture has achieved a more than 90-year tradition in educating and cultivating some of the finest architectural minds, in addition to contributing to the development and construction of the city of Los Angeles. This tradition is built on a foundation that integrates exemplary instruction, design, research, and technology. The school offers a 5-year professional undergraduate degree, master's degrees in the areas of architecture, building science, historic preservation, and landscape architecture, and a new Ph.D in Architecture. As Los Angeles claims a double frontier in both America and the Pacific Rim, USC is reaching afar to new territories and cultures. In conjunction, the School of Architecture is launching new initiatives in cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary discourses, including the USC American Academy in China.