FEATURED THIS WEEK : RUDABEH PAKRAVAN
In contemporary Tehran, where the city's parks and plazas have been, as Rudabeh Pakravan writes, "delegitimized" by censorship and surveillance, public life has moved indoors — and onscreen. Here Pakravan analyzes the rising importance of illegal television satellites, which beam banned shows from around the world, and which have made the private home "the true public realm, where residents can socialize comfortably and freely, unmonitored by the otherwise pervasive government."
Last summer we published Martin Hogue’s “A Short History of the Campsite,” which traced the evolution of car camping in the United States. Now Hogue fires up Google Earth and zooms in on the franchise chain KOA, which has opened nearly 1200 campgrounds in its 50-year history. “The unique perspective of the aerial image reveals sublime landscapes shaped both by human agency and by geological forces,” he writes, “a powerful contrast with the experience on the ground, where camping reveals itself to be a mundane activity conducted in a carefully prescribed setting: Loop B, Site 32.”
For several years Kenny Cupers has been researching and photographing the public housing estates of suburban Paris — places that are now, as he says, "a synonym for immigrant ghetto." Yet in the notorious banlieues
, Cupers discovered "the more nuanced realities of ongoing modernity, layered development, incremental change — realities that are shaping the future of continental Europe’s most cosmopolitan capital."
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A veteran city planner and educator analyzes the anemia of U.S. planning, and detects signs of life in neighborhood activism.
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture
The University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture is the first faculty in Canada to offer four post-graduate, built-environment professional degree programs: Architecture, City Planning, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design. All of these are based on a comprehensive non-professional Environmental Design undergraduate program that results in a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree. The Faculty of Architecture also offers a Ph.D. Program. The Ph.D. in Design and Planning in the Faculty of Architecture focuses on research in the following areas: Planning and Design Theory; Sustainable Planning and Design; Planning and Design Education; Planning and Design Practice; and Design and Planning Technologies. Through its focus upon design excellence, teaching and research, the faculty demonstrates its commitment to improving the quality of the built environment and associated ecological, economic, physical and social well-being of the global community.