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We're Launching a New Site: Places Wire

Places Journal is pleased to announce the launch of Places Wire, a companion site that will round up leading news and commentary on architecture, landscape and urbanism.
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KEITH EGGENER

When Buildings Kill

"We’ve seen the movies, read the books, toured the spooky attractions," writes Keith Eggner. "This we know: haunted houses are dangerous places. They’re built on evil ground, or on sites where bad things happened, or above the graves of people who don’t want company. ... But that’s not what I want to talk about here. Sometimes buildings are born bad." Just in time for Halloween, Eggener takes us on a tour of evil architecture in books and movies.
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DAN HANCOX

The Village Against the World

"For as long as human beings have dreamed, they have dreamed of creating a better world," writes Dan Hancox. "We’ll soon mark the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, his short book describing a fictional island whose name in Greek means 'no place.' We are used to utopia as an imagined world or an idealized vision of the future, an abstract intellectual exercise rather than a concrete attempt to forge a new community. But what if you actually tried to build utopia?"
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The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation provides a process through which students and the professional community can express the creativity, acquire the technical capacity, accept the social responsibility and recognize a sense of history to make the decisions that shape the built environment. Through research, practice, outreach and teaching, students learn to understand the built environment at all scales: from the history, design, function and impact of a single building or public space to the operation, physical form and socioeconomic system of a metropolitan region.
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The University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Taubman College seeks to improve the human condition through thoughtful design and planning for the built environment. Its academic programs prepare graduates for positions of responsibility within a wide spectrum of professions, organizations, and institutions that shape the built environment at scales ranging from local to global. Taubman College conducts innovative design and policy research and serves the community, the state, the nation, and the world through outreach and partnerships. In pursuit of these ideals for over 100 years, Taubman College offers students from the state, the country and around the globe a complement of disciplinary and interdisciplinary degree programs ranging from pre-professional to post-professional to Ph.D. Our committed and energetic faculty, staff and students form a diverse, creative and collaborative community within the University of Michigan, one of the world's largest research universities. Taubman College has a long educational tradition that combines design and technology. Today, it continues to foster a broad view of architecture and urban and regional planning in the context of a major research university where interdisciplinary initiatives are encouraged and supported.
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