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WEEKLY EMAIL: OCTOBER 24, 2012


The Demolition and Afterlife of Baltimore Memorial Stadium

FEATURED THIS WEEK : KEITH EGGENER

The Demolition and Afterlife of Baltimore Memorial Stadium

"When does architecture, once started, stop?" asks Keith Eggener. "Does it end when human occupation or attention terminates, when function or fabric are removed?" What is the connection between civic buildings and collective memory? Just in time for the World Series, Eggener recounts the saga of Baltimore Memorial Stadium, describing its powerful presence  in the city during the decades when it was home to the Orioles — and its afterlife in the years since its demolition.
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JOSH WALLAERT

Countrymen

We are a peaceful nation.
Our planes are filled with strawberries
headed for Japan ...
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DAVID BACHER

Far North

Paris-based photographer David Bacher traveled recently to northern Sweden, miles above the Arctic circle, to document the indigenous Laevas Sami community, especially the intense seasonal activity of reindeer herding. He found a semi-nomadic people who have been on their land for millennia and who now move fluidly between the traditional and the modern.
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ROBERT MACFARLANE

Ice

One recent winter Robert Macfarlane journeyed from his home in England to western China, and from there, along with a friend and a guide, on to Minya Konka, which has long attracted both devout Buddhists and intrepid mountaineers. The group did not attempt to summit the notoriously difficult peak. As Macfarlane's friend warns him: “You’ll never get up Minya Konka, and you wouldn’t want to try. When we’ve set eyes on the mountain, I’ll tell you a story that will absolutely convince you of this.”
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RICHARD CAMPANELLA

What the Nation's Best-Educated Amateur Planners Learned from Hurricane Isaac. And Gustav. And Rita and Katrina. And Cindy, Ivan, Lili, Isidore, and Georges.

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.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 1983

In No Order Whatsoever

Just before his death in 1984, the influential urban planner Kevin Lynch compiled a list of topics he thought important for the future of cities. The list is as relevant as ever.
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University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

PARTNER SCHOOL

The University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture
The UT Austin School of Architecture melds theory and practice. The faculty include many reflective practitioners who are accomplished in the fields of architecture, planning, landscape architecture, preservation, and interior design. The faculty also advance theory through research, writing and exhibitions, and have a broad range of expertise in architectural history, building systems, technology, sustainability, transportation, Latin American architecture, and urbanism, and the built environment. This scholarship is advanced through the Center for American Architecture and Design, the Center for Sustainable Development, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The school has made a conscious effort to reject disciplinary boundaries along departmental lines. This unique organizational structure promotes collaboration and affords students an integrated understanding of the design of meaningful places at all scales, from rooms to cities and regions. The enrollment is approximately 750 students, evenly divided between undergraduate and graduate programs. The school offers undergraduate degrees in architecture and interior design; master’s degrees in architecture, community and regional planning, landscape architecture, historic preservation, architectural history, sustainable design, urban design, and interior design; and doctoral degrees in planning, architectural history, preservation, and sustainability.

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