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The Incredible True Adventures of the Architectress in America

FEATURED THIS WEEK : GABRIELLE ESPERDY

The Incredible True Adventures of the Architectress in America

Back in the '70s, second-wave feminists were organizing and agitating, forming alternative communities, creating new spatial practices and attempting to pry open what a contemporary reporter called the "exclusively male preserve" of the American architecture profession. Gabrielle Esperdy revisits their "amazing adventures fighting for gender equality" and measures the distance we've traveled since. It's pretty far, she concludes — but not far enough.
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DESPINA STRATIGAKOS

Why Architects Need Feminism

Are we really ready to be post-feminist? Inspired by a series of Van Alen Institute roundtables held this spring — and by the alarming attrition rate of women practitioners — Despina Stratigakos advocates for an expanded role for next-wave feminism in architecture and design. Understanding feminism "as a matrix of politically conscious social, spatial and environmental strategies," she argues, could spur us to experiment with new models for a "more sustainable and inclusive architecture culture."
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PARTNER NEWS: PLACES EDITORS

Caroline Constant Named Peer Review Co-Editor

Constant, a professor of architecture and urban planning at the University of Michigan, joins Renata Hejduk, associate professor of architecture at Arizona State University, as peer review co-editor of Places.
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DANIEL KARIKO & AARON ROTHMAN

Storm Season

The barrier islands of Louisiana — located at the outlet of a massive and heavily engineered river system, in an industrial area dominated by offshore drilling and processing, at a time of increasing climate change — are among the most unstable landforms in the world. Photographer Daniel Kariko has been documenting these fragile landscapes for years; the portfolio here records changes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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JAMES BARILLA

The Vernacular of Disaster

The end of summer is storm season, and the season is ever more volatile as global temperatures rise. James Barilla, who moved from the Midwest to the Carolinas, describes learning not just a new geography but also a new lexicon of weather — and disaster. "The signs of local calamity, the way the sky behaves, the patterns of human anticipation, the behavior of birds and livestock: these are regionally distinctive, But it's also true, in this era of accelerating climate change, that your local language of environmental catastrophe and mine, your flood and my drought, are connected in ways they've never been before."
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Splendid China

A tour of Splendid China, the "world's largest miniature scenic spot.
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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.

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