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WEEKLY EMAIL: NOVEMBER 08, 2012


Past Perfect: Four Freedoms Park

FEATURED THIS WEEK : BELMONT FREEMAN

Past Perfect: Four Freedoms Park

Why is the design of memorials so fraught? Belmont Freeman reviews the design and politics of diverse memorials to American presidents, with a focus on Four Freedoms Park in New York City, the memorial to Franklin Roosevelt designed in 1973 by Louis Kahn that has only just been built. Freeman has high praise for the new-old monument, and notes: "How timely it is that the legacy of Roosevelt should be honored in such eloquent fashion at a moment when powerful political forces in this country seek to dismantle it."
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JOSH WALLAERT

State of the Commons

Wiki Loves Monuments USA, the contest sponsored this fall by the Wikimedia Foundation, attracted more than 22,000 photos of historic American places. Places’ own Josh Wallaert not only presents a selection of the best of these images; he also highlights a crucial problem facing public discourse. As more and more images are uploaded to tightly controlled and highly privatized sites like Facebook, "an increasing share of the Internet’s visual resources are locked away." So here's a charge to our re-elected president: it's time to make "massive investments in public information as a form of infrastructure."
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KATE BERNHEIMER & ANDREW BERNHEIMER WITH VERA LEUNG

Fairy Tale Architecture: The Halloween Edition

In this Halloween installment of an ongoing series on architectural fairy tales, fabulist Kate Bernheimer and her architect brother, Andrew, investigate the shape of fear itself. Re-imagining a Brothers Grimm fairy tale at the site of a World War II bombing, Andrew Bernheimer and Vera Leung design and fabricate a model for the unsettling tale “The Boy Who Set Forth to Learn What Fear Was.”
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TERRY EVANS & ALAN THOMAS

Heartland

For four decades Terry Evans has been photographing the landscapes of her native American Midwest. Her recent work has focused on the aerial view as a way to grasp the ecological complexity of a prairie that is increasingly “disturbed, cultivated, militarized." "From the vantage of a Cessna," writes Alan Thomas, "Evans could tell different stories of the prairie — stories of irrigation and extraction, flooded fields and drained wetlands, feedlots and bomb targets." In coordination with a retrospective at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, we are pleased to present a selection of Evans's work.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2006

The State of City Planning Today

A veteran city planner and educator analyzes the anemia of U.S. planning, and detects signs of life in neighborhood activism.
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University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

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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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