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WEEKLY EMAIL: NOVEMBER 20, 2012


"We shall deal here with humble things"

FEATURED THIS WEEK : BARBARA PENNER

"We shall deal here with humble things"

It may be the smallest room in the house, but the humble bathroom is where our daily domestic lives connect with large-scale infrastructures of water, waste and sanitation. Barbara Penner explores the design, culture and politics of the bathroom — this week the focus of annual World Toilet Day observances — and finds complex spaces that negotiate widely disparate scales — spaces that "hook up technology to the body, infrastructure to individuals, and public to private realms."
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PLACES EDITORS

Places Is Hiring

Places is seeking a half-time Development & External Relations Coordinator to join our staff in San Francisco.
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NICOLA WALDRON

The Land Up North

"We bought it to build a dream on, to propagate. He wanted to plant fruit trees and dig a pond; I imagined a center for healing, where women would come to believe again in possibility. We would build writing sheds, one for each of us, and a ring of rustic cabins for the women. In the mornings, we would come together, then go our separate ways. We’d meet up for dinner, to watch the shadows grow." For Thanksgiving week, an essay by Nicola Waldron, about the cycles of life and land.
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THOMAS JORION

The Forgotten Line

For years photographer Thomas Jorion has been documenting la petite ceinture — the 19th-century railway that circles Paris and was decommissioned decades ago. "At first I was enthralled by the mystery of its tunnels and fortified territories, by the smell of rust, tar and wood, and by the sense of freedom I felt when I lost sight of the city’s buildings and streets," he writes. "I would prefer the line remain abandoned, but I know it will not. I can only hope that future plans respect the spirit of this place, the last great wasteland in Paris."
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On the Water: The New York/New Jersey Harbor

As the planet warms, rising seas will endanger coastal communities around the world. Engineer Guy Nordenson proposes a bold plan to protect New York City.
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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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