In recent decades New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have been hit by one powerful hurricane after another. As geographer Richard Campanella writes, "Few regional societies have gained a more rigorous — if unwilling — place-based education. The past two decades have imparted, to nearly two million people, advanced lessons in geography, hydrology, climatology, engineering, civics, disaster recovery, sociology and urban planning." And as Campanella argues, the toughest test is yet to come.
PARTNER NEWS: ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
New graduate programs in industrial design, interior architecture and visual communication began this summer.
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When architect Melissa Dittmer moved from New York City to Detroit, her reaction was a "year-long panic attack." Where, she wondered, were the people? "Where was the density, the sense of connection with strangers?" But then Dittmer and her family bought a townhouse in Lafayette Park, the modernist development created in the early '60 by Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig Hilberseimer and Alfred Caldwell — a place where the design itself encourages "a shared sense of intimacy that fosters community."
PARTNER NEWS: UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
This cross-disciplinary initiative will house a Global City Indicators Facility, a new Laboratory for Model Cities and an immersive Model Cities Theatre, which will draw on comparative data and emerging 3D and other visualization techniques to test and project alternative modes of urban design and development.
In the past three decades, Guangdong province, in southern China, has developed a powerhouse economy, with an estimated 60,000 factories that daily produce $300 million worth of export goods. As the London-based journalist Hsiao-Hung Pai writes, this is a success story — but only for some. Here she investigates the working and living conditions of migrant laborers in Guangdong's cities and the widening gap between the prosperous and the poor, what she calls "the most ruthless aspect" of contemporary Chinese urbanism.
PARTNER NEWS: UT AUSTIN
A team of 14 students spanning two years won the 2012 prize offered by the Historic American Buildings Survey of the National Park Service, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and The American Institute of Architects.
MARK ROBBINS & NANCY LEVINSON
In summer 2011, Mark Robbins, then dean of architecture at Syracuse University, traveled from upstate New York to Rwanda, to visit the Kigali Institute of Technology. There he took a series of photographs of students and their parents or guardians in their houses, part of an ongoing investigation into what Robbins describes as "questions of culture, space, decor and the body." We are pleased to present a selection from this portfolio.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 1995
A tour of Splendid China, the "world's largest miniature scenic spot.
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.