06.06.13: Terry Evans & Elizabeth Farnsworth
Dakota Is Everywhere
On Places, a slideshow by photographer Terry Evans and essay by journalist Elizabeth Farnsworth, drawn from their exploration of the fracking boom that is transforming the prairie of North Dakota.
Daniel A. Barber
Hubbert’s Peak, Eneropa, and the Visualization of Renewable Energy
On Places, Daniel Barber traces the energy debates back to the postwar era, when leading scientists argued that shifting from fossil fuels to renewables was not just technically feasible but also ethically necessary.
Steven Boyd Saum
Accidents Will Happen: Lessons on Honey, Smoked Pig Fat, Atomic Disaster and the Half-Life of Truth
On Places, an essay by an American who is hiking in a Ukrainian forest when he hears about an accident at a nearby nuclear power plant. In the land of Chernobyl — ten years after the explosion — nothing is quite as it seems.
The Shape of Green: Aesthetic Imperatives
On Places, Lance Hosey explores the relationship of sustainability to technology and aesthetics.
05.10.12: Zhang Xiao & Aaron Rothman
The Last Days of Kaixian
On Places, a slideshow by Chinese photographer Zhang Xiao, documenting the last town to be submerged by the reservoir of the Three Gorges Dam; with an introduction by Aaron Rothman.
Visualizing the Ends of Oil
On Places, Mark Feldman looks closely at how the photographers Edward Burtynsky and Chris Jordan have each struggled to visualize and critique the effects of our dependence on oil.
On Places, Austin Troy assesses the massive infrastructure required to bring water to the arid American West — and the huge amount of energy that makes it possible to take a shower in Los Angeles.
On Places, a short story by Anthony Doerr set in a Chinese village soon to be drowned by the Three Gorges Dam.
David T. Hanson
On Places, a photo essay by David T. Hanson, focusing on the massive coal mine at Colstrip, Montana, and the complicated nexus of energy politics and land use in the American West.
On Places, Adelheid Fischer describes the growing night-sky movement, which advocates for the cultural and biological benefits of reducing light pollution — and keeping the Milky Way visible.
Infrastructural Ecologies: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works
On Places, architect Hillary Brown, founder of New York City's Office of Sustainable Design, proposes principles to guide construction of a next generation of green infrastructure.
New Fuel for an Old Narrative: Notes on the BP Oil Disaster
On Places, geographer Richard Campanella recalls a long hot summer, and sets the BP oil spill into the complex environmental and cultural contexts of America's third coast.
On Places, urban planning professor Timothy Beatley, author of Green Urbanism
, reviews Green Metropolis
, by David Owen, which argues that Manhattan is the greenest city in the U.S.
Dams Across America
A gallery of images showing the construction of some great U.S. hydroelectric dams of the 1930s and '40s, including Hoover and Grand Coulee — something to contemplate as the current administration struggles to stimulate the economy and smarten the power grid.
Center for Land Use Interpretation
An online gallery extracted from Urban Crude
, an exhibition created by the Center for Land Use Interpretation, documenting the metropolitan petroscape of Los Angeles.
— an exhibition curated and produced at the Rhode Island School of Design — showcases three dozen projects and programs that are successfully confronting the challenges of climate change.