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An Interview with David Burney: On New York and the 21st-Century City-State

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An Interview with David Burney: On New York and the 21st-Century City-State

For almost a decade David Burney has been Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction in New York City. In an interview with Places editor Nancy Levinson, he reflects on the urban design record of the Bloomberg years, focusing especially on PlaNYC, the ongoing post-Sandy recovery effort, and the potential for cities to take the lead in 21st-century sustainability planning.
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DESPINA STRATIGAKOS

Unforgetting Women Architects: From the Pritzker to Wikipedia

Over the decades women architects have received scant attention from historians and prize juries. As Despina Stratigakos writes, "The painful cancellation of Denise Scott Brown in the awarding of the Pritzker Prize solely to her husband and collaborator, Robert Venturi, is an important but hardly exceptional example of how female partners are written out of history by a profession suffering from Star Architect Disorder, or SAD." Stratigakos argues that it's time to write women back into history — and that the place to start is Wikipedia.
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LAWRENCE VALE & ANNEMARIE GRAY

O Decatlo das Remoções

Portuguese translation of “The Displacement Decathlon,” by Lawrence Vale and Annemarie Gray, originally published on Places on April 15, 2013. The authors compare the cases of communities displaced by the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where plans for the 2016 Games are unfolding, and Atlanta, 20 years ago.
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TOM VANDERBILT

The City and the Sea

For several years New York City has been exploring how to plan for climate change, but last fall Hurricane Sandy exposed the many vulnerabilities of the coastal metropolis. As Tom Vanderbilt writes: "The sea will not be forgotten." Vanderbilt surveys the landscape and politics of both early response and long-range efforts, and he explores the persistent challenges — political, economic, cultural — that make it hard to transform a centuries-old settlement.
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THOMAS LOCKE HOBBS & AARON ROTHMAN

Barranca

Thomas Locke Hobbs is interested in the subtle systems and forces that shape a sense of place in the urban landscape. The photographer lived in Buenos Aires for several years, and he uses that city's topography as the organizing principle of the series presented here. “After living in Buenos Aires for a while," he writes, "the flatness, the impossibility of having a vista from which to orient oneself, began to feel oppressive. I started taking pictures around a small but notable feature: the brief slant of the barely perceptible riverbank, or barranca.”
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DANIEL A. BARBER

Hubbert's Peak, Eneropa, and the Visualization of Renewable Energy

For decades scientists and politicians — and environmentalists and architects — have been debating the benefits of moving from fossil fuels to renewable resources. Daniel Barber traces this debate back to the postwar era, when the potential of renewables was seen as boundless, and when, as Barber explains, leading scientists argued that shifting from carbon-based energy to the cleaner power of sun and wind "should be understood as a moral obligation even before it became an economic necessity."
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JIM BASSETT

"Everyone a Tourist"

On a recent trip to Chichén Itzá, architecture professor Jim Bassett explored very different ways of photographing the famous Mayan ruins — he took black-and-white images that self-consciously reference an older tradition of art photography and the romance of travel, and color images that highlight the familiar realities of contemporary mass tourism. The two categories, he suggests, raise enduring questions about the incomplete nature of appearances, and the ease with which we can manipulate mood and meaning.
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Tim Hursley photographs the pro-bono buildings of the Rural Studio and the legal brothels of Nye County, Nevada.
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