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WEEKLY EMAIL: FEBRUARY 26, 2014


"The Spectacle of Growth"

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JONATHAN MASSEY

"The Spectacle of Growth"

When Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was running for Brazil’s presidency, more than a decade ago, he promised to cultivate a  “spectacle of growth.” Now Brazil is swept up in a massive wave of development, capped by preparations for hosting the World Cup and Olympic Games. In a review of the São Paulo Architecture Biennial, Jonathan Massey considers architectural and artistic responses to the rapid urbanization: “Who is benefiting, and who is being displaced or excluded? What can architects and citizens do to exert leverage on processes at once local and global?”
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PARTNER NEWS: UC BERKELEY

UC Berkeley to Host The City + Water Conference

The conference will be held on February 28.
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SASHA BEZZUBOV & AARON ROTHMAN

Landscape Forensics

Landscape photographers are always grappling with the problem of representation. “How do we visualize climate change,” writes Places photo editor Aaron Rothman, “or politically disputed claims on land and resources?” In this gallery, he takes a retrospective look at four series by photographer Sasha Bezzubov that document material traces of invisible phenomena underlying contemporary landscapes.
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PEDRO LEVI BISMARCK

Architecture and the Aestheticization of Politics

Within a few years, rapidly growing Istanbul will overtake London and Moscow as Europe’s largest metropolis. Not coincidentally, Turkey is undergoing a profound shift toward privatization, as seen in the government's plan to redevelop Taksim Gezi Park into a shopping mall with a nostalgic Ottoman facade. Architect Pedro Levi Bismarck examines the plan as a reflection of a larger democratic crisis, following Siegfried Kracauer’s observation: “Wherever the hieroglyphics of any spatial image are deciphered, there the basis of social reality presents itself.”
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MARC WILSON & PATRICK SYKES

The Last Stand

The ruins of World War II defenses along the coast of Northern Europe — “bunkers swallowed by the sea, pillboxes barely clinging to land, buildings ripped from their foundations and wrecked on the rocks” — are documented in The Last Stand, by landscape photographer Marc Wilson. As Patrick Sykes writes, “Wilson’s images invite the viewer to revisit the scene and plot the traces between the built and unbuilt elements, quietly posing the question of what took place there.”
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The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto

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The University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
The fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design are characterized today by exceptional pressure for change. Globalization and the convergence of new media, materials and building technologies have led to radical change in economic, technical and aesthetic formations in the design fields. The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design is responding to these shifts. As the largest city in Canada and one of the most dynamic in North America, Toronto is a thriving metropolis, providing exceptional resources for the aspiring architect, landscape architect or urban designer to study the early 21st-century human condition. Daniels has a global orientation in its teaching and research while simultaneously believing in the importance of sensitively addressing local forces. In this context, Daniels strives to harness the potential of Toronto’s distinctive multi-ethnic and multicultural society. The greater Toronto region serves as a dynamic laboratory for critical studies and the imaginative exploration of design alternatives that will be of consequence internationally. Students not only have the city to use as a resource, but also have access to Toronto’s large professional design community, many of whom teach at the school. In addition, the city’s multicultural networks and international connections make Daniels a powerful place to start a career. Daniels’ focus on interdisciplinary training and research will test your limits and challenge you to rethink design for the 21st century.
University of Washington College of Built Environments

The University of Washington, College of Built Environments
Located in Seattle on the shores of Union and Portage Bays, bounded by the Cascade and Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington offers students the opportunity to study design and construction at one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. CBE houses four departments — architecture, construction management, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning — comprising fourteen degree programs, including four accredited professional degrees and two interdisciplinary PhDs. Built on a tradition of discovery anchored in principled design and community engagement, students at CBE enjoy sustained interaction with civic and professional leaders in one of the world’s most geographically diverse and dynamic metro regions. Seattle serves as a singular laboratory for critical exploration of the interdependent roles of design, planning, urban ecology and construction in the resilience of twenty-first century cities. Practice internships in and around the Pacific Northwest supplement coursework, and students pursue global interests through foreign study in Rome, Copenhagen, Mexico City, Chandigarh and cities throughout Asia. A dozen sponsored research and entrepreneurial centers further enrich professional education and scholarship in the college, including the Integrated Design Lab, the Urban Ecology Research Lab, the Green Futures Lab, the Urban Form Lab, the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies and the Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research and Education.
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