This week the U.S. declared an end to daily updates on the six-month hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay. Although 19 detainees remain on strike, one lawyer said key objectives had been achieved; President Obama has renewed efforts to close the detention center, and August saw the first prisoner transfer in over a year. But as Liz Ševčenko, director of the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, observes, GTMO has been “closed” and reopened before. Introducing a selection of photos from the project, she writes, “The construction of a major new refugee facility is a reminder that even if the current Guantánamo closes, another will open. The question is, why has GTMO been so rigorously and consistently forgotten?”
For several years Gabrielle Esperdy has been part of a team working on the development of SAH Archipedia — an online encyclopedia of American architecture sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians. Here she explores the critical challenge of creating structural and descriptive metadata for the new resource — and argues that the digital platform has the potential "not only to publish scholarship but to produce it."
JAMIE KRUSE & ELIZABETH ELLSWORTH
Every year, vast quantities of radioactive materials are transported along American streets, highways and railroads. Transuranic waste converges on Highway 285 in southern New Mexico, where it will be buried deep in a salt dome for the next 24,000 years. For their multimedia documentary project Look Only at the Movement
, artist-designers Jamie Kruse and Elizabeth Ellsworth, co-founders of the New York City-based Smudge Studio, followed waste shipments along the freeway and interviewed industry professionals, focusing on the materiality of nuclear waste transport.
University of California-Berkeley, College of Environmental Design
The first school to combine the disciplines of architecture, planning and landscape architecture into a single college, CED led the way toward an integrated approach to analyzing, understanding and designing our built environment. CED was also among the first to conceptualize environmental design as inseparable from its social, political-economic and cultural contexts.
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The University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture
The University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture is the first faculty in Canada to offer four post-graduate, built-environment professional degree programs: Architecture, City Planning, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design. All of these are based on a comprehensive non-professional Environmental Design undergraduate program that results in a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree. The Faculty of Architecture also offers a Ph.D. Program. The Ph.D. in Design and Planning in the Faculty of Architecture focuses on research in the following areas: Planning and Design Theory; Sustainable Planning and Design; Planning and Design Education; Planning and Design Practice; and Design and Planning Technologies. Through its focus upon design excellence, teaching and research, the faculty demonstrates its commitment to improving the quality of the built environment and associated ecological, economic, physical and social well-being of the global community.