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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 30, 2010


Preparing Ground:  An Interview with Anuradha Mathur + Dilip da Cunha

FEATURED THIS WEEK : NICHOLAS PEVZNER AND SANJUKTA SEN

Preparing Ground: An Interview with Anuradha Mathur + Dilip da Cunha

In more than a decade of interdisciplinary practice, Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha have focused on the cultural and ecological issues of contested landscapes, from the Mississippi to Mumbai. Here, in the second of a series of interviews with leading landscape architects, Sanjukta Sen and Nicholas Pevzner explore with Mathur and da Cunha the ideas and goals that motivate their particular kind of activist practice — a practice based less on client-driven commissions than on issue-centered public investigations. 
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Architecture For Change

Architecture for Change
University of Illinois at Chicago
Sept. 22 – 24, 2010


Join architects, developers and activists to address the affordable housing crisis. 
For detailed information, please see the conference website.
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ARCHITIZER

New Aging

How can architects anticipate and address the evolving needs of the aging? What new programs, formats and settings are most promising? Are there good alternatives to age-restricted communities such as "active leisure" and "assisted living"? Recently the Architizer network organized a competition to address these questions, to be followed in the fall with a conference at Penn. In the first of a series of portfolios that Architizer is curating for Places, we're pleased to present a selection of notable entries.
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ALICE T. FRIEDMAN

Modern Architecture for the "American Century"

From the late '40s to the early '60s, Eero Saarinen designed a series of buildings that were emblematic of postwar American ambition, expansion, prosperity — not to say hubris. In an excerpt from her new book, American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture, architectural historian Alice Friedman explores the rise and fall — and rise — of Saarinen's reputation, focusing especially on his iconic projects for two of the iconic corporations of the era, General Motors and TWA. 
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KIM HøLTERMAND

We Are All Alone

By day Kim Høltermand works as a fingerprints expert in the Crime Scene Unit of the Danish National Police. Off hours, he is a self-described "autodidact" architectural photographer. Here we offer a portfolio of images of architecture, all shot in Denmark, buildings viewed and framed as powerful and moody artifacts, "desolate containers," in Høltermand's words. 
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2005

Superneighborhood 27: A Brief History of Change

From hot tubs to bodegas: a Houston subdivision built for the '60s singles lifestyle has found new energy as a multi-ethnic neighborhood.
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The work of the students here at Pratt shows a clear appreciation and understanding of the possibilities of architecture today, as the mission of the school is dedicated to design and a complete understanding of the making of cities and buildings. The spirit of advancing architectural ideas in terms of both form and technique is at the essence of the transformation of contemporary design.

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