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WEEKLY EMAIL: JULY 17, 2013


 Infrastructural Tourism

FEATURED THIS WEEK : SHANNON MATTERN

Infrastructural Tourism

For decades intrepid tourists have been journeying to the monumental dams of the American West to marvel at the infrastructures of hydroelectric power. These days they're just as likely to be on a field trip to trace the pathways of the Internet, or the footprint of communication satellites, or the transport of nuclear waste. Shannon Mattern reviews diverse works by environmental artists and media scholars, all seeking "to understand the material and immaterial workings of interconnected infrastructural systems."
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MARK KLETT

Camino del Diablo

In 1860 a young American geologist-explorer named Raphael Pumpelly journeyed west via stagecoach to Tucson, Arizona. There he found a lawless and dangerous land, which he described in a vivid memoir, Across America and Asia. A century and a half later, photographer Mark Klett has been tracing Pumpelly's adventures on the Camino del Diablo through the Sonoran Desert, much of which is now a bombing range. From the murderous territory to the militarized landscape, he finds a place "located at the intersection of danger and beauty."
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CATHERINE GUDIS & MOLLY MCGARRY

Geographies of Detention

This summer, the U.S. prison system is in what historians Catherine Gudis and Molly McGarry call “a heightened state of crisis," with detainees at Guantánamo Bay and in California’s state prisons engaged in unprecedented hunger strikes. Gudis and McGarry curate an exhibition of art and documentary work, by Sandow Birk, Alyse Emdur, Richard Ross and the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, that investigates prison landscapes.
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JOE DAY

Corrections and Collections

Joe Day compares the proliferation of American prisons and museums since the 1960s and finds intriguing parallels in how institutional architectures have responded to cultural movements from Minimalism to post-Millenialism. Art and crime collide in buildings from Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon through Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim to contemporary work by Peter Zumthor, Rem Koolhaas and others.
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ETH Zurich, Department of Architecture

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ETH Zürich, Department of Architecture
The department presents itself as a dynamic structure of complementary teaching and research entities. At the center of this program is didactic, practice-oriented education in design and construction, tied to scientific methodology. It is in the design studios that comprehensive and passionate education in architecture takes place. All activities are characterized by a profound understanding of the past and a forward-facing outlook. Students are encouraged, through stringent and visionary thought, as well as sharp observations, to pursue unconventional approaches in solving complex problems in a cross-disciplinary manner. The affiliated research institutes, the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture, Institute of Technology in Architecture, Network City and Landscape and Institute of Historic Building Research and Conservation, are closely tied to the design studios through the interdisciplinary formulation of assignments. The findings of these institutes contribute to architectural teaching at all levels; their expertise is enhanced by other fields at the ETH Zürich, including the humanities and social and political sciences, as well as material, environmental and engineering sciences.
Pennsylvania State University, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

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Pennsylvania State University, H. Campbell and Eleanor Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
The Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, building on the excellence of our undergraduate professional programs, recognizes that design is a signifier for the great variety of means and methods with which we respond to the world and improve people's living environments. By collaborating with an increasingly diverse range of professionals, communities, and individuals, we (students, alumni, staff, and faculty) aspire to become global citizens participating in the discovery and making of responsible living environments. We are creative and innovative scholars and stewards, with a vision expanding beyond landscapes and buildings. Our future embraces vibrant possibilities, benefiting from our ability to effect new and restored networks, systems and virtualities; exemplary manufacturing models; convivial and resilient environments; intelligent material and technology developments; adaptive ecologies and ecosystems. The programs of the School respond directly to major changes in the world of design. Curricula at both undergraduate and graduate levels should be regularly re-examined and adjusted. They are increasingly technology-based, explicitly interdisciplinary and targeted to new niches in our disciplines at the intersection of green technologies, economics, social and cultural change.
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