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WEEKLY EMAIL: APRIL 24, 2013


The Displacement Decathlon

FEATURED THIS WEEK : LAWRENCE VALE & ANNEMARIE GRAY

The Displacement Decathlon

As plans unfold for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Lawrence Vale and Annemarie Gray consider the case of Vila Autódromo, a former fishing colony on the Olympic site whose residents have organized to resist displacement. They compare ongoing events in Rio to the demolition of Atlanta's Techwood Homes, the first public housing in America, prior to the 1996 Olympics.
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PLACES EDITORS

Richard Shepard, 1945 – 2013

Richard Shepard, a longstanding friend and supporter of Places, died on April 18 after a brief illness. Over the years Richard held several important roles on Places, serving as publisher of the print journal and as treasurer of the board of directors during our first years as an online journal.
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JERRY HERRON

Motor City Breakdown

"Is the spectacular — and spectacularly represented — failure of Detroit indicative of some larger design fault in the very nature of America and American ideas, or is it simply a local one-off, an exception without deeper meaning?" It is this unresolved question which has kept Detroit in the news — and which has made it the subject of so many books, articles, films and exhibitions. Jerry Herron reviews the Motor City in recent media.
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Taking place in the French capital of Champagne province, the SVA Products of Design summer immersive workshop is a delicious foray into the growing field of food design. Emphasizing a maker-driven, cooking-centric approach, the program will reveal new perspectives unto the ways that we engage and identify with our food.
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DENNIS DEHART

Confluences

Photographer Dennis DeHart has been following the rivers as his guide to the Inland Pacific Northwest. His photos examine the incredible contradictions of this region, shaped by engineered river systems, New Deal irrigation projects, nuclear production facilities, junkyards and hydroplane races, and ten thousand years of Native American fishing and land use.
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PHYLLIS LAMBERT

Seagram: Union of Building and Landscape

"What led Mies to create the union of skyscraper and plaza on Park Avenue, a binding together so profoundly important in his oeuvre?" Phyllis Lambert recounts the evolution of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's architectural philosophy, from his early years in Berlin to the postwar American projects; in particular she explores his deep concern for the interrelationship between architecture and landscape, which culminated in his design for the Seagram Building.
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Growing Water

Growing Water is a bold proposal by a team of Chicago urban designers for how cities can ensure the availability of an increasingly scarce resource.
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