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WEEKLY EMAIL: NOVEMBER 20, 2013


Methodolatry and the Art of Measure

FEATURED THIS WEEK : SHANNON MATTERN

Methodolatry and the Art of Measure

What do corporate smart-city programs have in common with D.I.Y. science projects and civic hackathons? “Theirs is a city with an underlying logic,” writes Shannon Mattern, “made more efficient — or just, or sustainable, or livable — with a tweak to its algorithms or an expansion of its dataset.” Mattern argues that the new wave of urban data science (and solutionism) is trending toward an obsession with data-for-data’s-sake and an idolization of landscape research methods.
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JIM WILLIAMSON

Dallas Is a Story I Tell

"One day in November, while I was sitting in my classroom at Arapaho Elementary School, a classmate arrived halfway through the afternoon," writes Jim Williamson. "She was sobbing. Her parents had taken her to downtown Dallas to see the presidential motorcade, and they had witnessed the assassination of the president. It was that November day." Here Williamson recalls his youth in Dallas, and contemplates the oddities of memory, the blurring of shared national tragedy with the ordinary and personal.
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HOLCIM FOUNDATION

The 4th International Holcim Award Entry Process is Now Open

The Holcim Foundation seeks projects and visions that contribute to a more sustainable built environment.
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ZEULER R. M. DE A. LIMA

Lina Bo Bardi and the Architecture of Everyday Culture

Lina Bo Bardi's career spanned two continents and six decades, but we are only just beginning to appreciate what Zeuler Lima describes as the "vast and original body of work that emerged from her prolific but discontinuous trajectory as architect, designer, illustrator, writer, editor and curator." We are pleased to present an excerpt from Lima's monograph on Bo Bardi, with a slideshow of major projects.
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PARTNER NEWS: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

John Schaufelberger Appointed Dean of UW College of Built Environments

Professor Schaufelberger, who has been with the University of Washington since 1994, assumed the deanship on November 1.
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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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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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