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, a multi-faceted project exploring the possibilities of fabric in architecture, will feature an address by Petra Blaisse.
"We live in an era of unprecedented mobility," writes Clare Lyster, "and nowhere is this more manifest than in the extensive and overlapping networks of global air transportation." Lyster explores the new generation of green airports, and argues that we need to go further — that truly sustainable airport design will encompass not only LEED-certified terminals but also "the larger environs of the airfield complex and its connections to the metropolitan region."
"In the past 20 years Hong Kong has shed its roots as a colonial trading hub and emerged as a global financial center, a transition enabled by massive investments in infrastructure and land reclamation. The most dramatic of these endeavors comprised the construction of the International Airport on an artificial island off the coast of Lantau." So writes Max Hirsh, who describes the busy new airport and its diverse surroundings, from a giant new pop-concert arena to an ancient fishing village.
VICTORIA SAMBUNARIS, WILLIAM HENRY JACKSON & AARON ROTHMAN
Every year the New York-based photographer Victoria Sambunaris packs her large-format view camera and takes a road trip across America, focusing special attention on the West. The work that results calls to mind the legacy of the 19th-century pioneer William Henry Jackson. Places' photo editor Aaron Rothman curates a slideshow of the two photographers' work, finding resonances across the centuries in how Americans have both settled and exploited the continent.
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