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WEEKLY EMAIL: MAY 23, 2012


Marginalia: Little Libraries in the Urban Margins

FEATURED THIS WEEK : SHANNON MATTERN

Marginalia: Little Libraries in the Urban Margins

Like so many civic institutions in our recessionary era, the public library is struggling. Yet even as budgets dwindle and services contract, the library remains popular and beloved — and lately its ongoing vitality is being underscored by the rise of the little library, what Shannon Mattern calls "the emergence of myriad mini, pop-up, guerrilla and ad-hoc libraries." Mattern sees the movement, with its DIY energy and political edge, as an effort "to reclaim a small corner of public space in our hyper-commercialized cities, cities that might no longer reflect the civic aspirations of a diverse public."
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ERIC WILLIAM CARROLL

Plato's Home Movies

Deep among the eucalyptus groves of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, joggers and dog walkers discovered Eric William Carroll setting up a projection screen to observe shadows on the wall of “Plato's Cave.” On the sidewalks of Brooklyn, he laid out blueprint paper to capture ephemeral portraits of sidewalk trees. Here we present a portfolio drawn from his investigations of frame, shadow, time and the “essential form” of the tree.
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KEITH EGGENER

The Uses of Daylight

Earlier this year Keith Eggener assessed the career of the now forgotten early 20th-century Kansas City architect Louis Curtiss, and argued that Curtiss's obscurity has less to do with intrinsic merit than with the politics of professional reputation. Here — with an analysis of the Boley Building, which featured one of the first glass curtain walls in America — he makes good on his claim that Curtiss's legacy deserves new attention.
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PLACES EDITORS

Going Viral: AIANY Global Dialogues

A lecture and panel discussion on May 21 at the New York Center for Architecture will explore the impact that social media, technology and device culture are having on design process and practice. Places is among the journals featured in the accompanying exhibition, Voices Going Viral.
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ZHANG XIAO & AARON ROTHMAN

The Last Days of Kaixian

On November 4, 2008, water rose over Kaixian, China — the final chapter in a history that dated back two millennia. Located on the Yangtze River, 180 miles upstream from the Three Gorges Dam — the largest water control project on earth — Kaixian was the final town submerged by the dam’s reservoir. Zhang Xiao, a photographer then working for a newspaper in nearby Chongqing, documented the town’s final dismantling. We are pleased to present a portfolio of his images.
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