Peter Del Tredici
The Flora of the Future
On Places, botanist Peter Del Tredici presents a photo survey of urban ecological niches and the wild plants making their home in the city.
04.14.14: Chris Reed & Nina-Marie Lister
Ecology and Design: Parallel Genealogies
On Places, Chris Reed and Nina-Marie Lister recover a critical sense of the term “ecology” and explain how contemporary ecological models of “open-endedness, flexibility, resilience and adaptation” can inform design thinking.
02.03.14: Marc Wilson & Patrick Sykes
The Last Stand
On Places, Patrick Sykes discusses a series of photographs by Marc Wilson documenting the remains of coastal fortifications that lined Northern Europe during the Second World War.
12.05.13: Mitch Epstein & Eric William Carroll
American Power: Live
On Places, an interview with photographer Mitch Epstein after a theatrical performance at the Walker Art Center that paired cello music by Erik Friedlander with images from Epstein’s series American Power
Peter Bo Rappmund
800 Miles: Photographing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
On Places, a portfolio of photographs by Peter Bo Rappmund, who has documented nearly every mile of the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
On Places, photographer Dennis DeHart traces the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes through one of the world's largest and most contaminated historic mining districts.
Methodolatry and the Art of Measure
On Places, Shannon Mattern surveys the new wave of urban data science projects and argues that practitioners are trending toward an obsession with data-for-data’s-sake and an idolization of method.
The Highway Not Taken: Tony Smith and the Suburban Sublime
On Places, David Salomon explores the life and work of the artist and architect Tony Smith — including his mid-career epiphany on the New Jersey Turnpike.
09.12.13: Chris Ballantyne, Lauren Marsolier, Bas Princen & Aaron Rothman
Landscape and Illusion
On Places, Aaron Rothman curates a slideshow of works by Chris Ballantyne, Lauren Marsolier and Bas Princen — artists and photographers fascinated by the gap between the real and its representation.
Champion Trees and Urban Forests
On Places, Mark Hough reviews The Man Who Planted Trees
, and explores its bold claim: that planting trees can save the planet.
The Future of Mobility: Greening the Airport
On Places, Clare Lyster explores the new generation of green airport terminals, and argues that the next generation of sustainable design will encompass the larger environs of the entire airfield.
07.18.13: Victoria Sambunaris, William Henry Jackson & Aaron Rothman
Resurveying the West
On Places, a slideshow of images of the American West by the New York-based photographer Victoria Sambunaris and the 19th-century pioneer William Henry Jackson, curated by Aaron Rothman.
Camino del Diablo
On Places, photographer Mark Klett journeys along the Camino del Diablo in the Sonoran Desert, much of which is now a bombing range, and finds a landscape of forbidding danger and compelling beauty.
07.11.13: Catherine Gudis & Molly McGarry
Geographies of Detention
On Places, an exhibition of art and documentary work, by Sandow Birk, Alyse Emdur, Richard Ross and the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, that investigates prison landscapes.
Eat the City
On Places, Richard Ingersoll makes the case for "civic agriculture" — for reconceptualizing cities as networks of agricultural zones, from parks to allotments, with the ultimate goal of enriching the public realm.
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.
On Places, photographs by Dennis DeHart examine a landscape of contradictions in the Inland Pacific Northwest.
Seagram: Union of Building and Landscape
On Places, Phyllis Lambert explores the evolution of the Seagram Building, focusing on Mies van der Rohe's profound concern for the relationship between building and nature.
03.28.13: Arturo Soto & Aaron Rothman
On Places, a portfolio by Mexican photographer Arturo Soto, focusing on the visual infrastructure of the street, the unremarkable environs of everyday life.
Illuminating the Petrochemical Landscape
On Places, Mark Feldman reviews collaborative projects that blend photography with environmental activism, including Petrochemical America
and Arctic Voices
Beautiful and Terrible: Aeriality and the Image of Suburbia
On Places, D.J. Waldie explores the relationship between aerial photography and the postwar suburban boom, a relationship at once materialistic and transcendent, "beautiful and terrible."
01.31.13: Kristi Dykema Cheramie & Michael Pasquier
The Lost Graves of the Morganza Floodway
On Places, Kristi Dykema Cheramie and Michael Pasquier tell the story of a small Louisiana church relocated by Mississippi River engineers so the area could be designated as floodable territory.
Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary
On Places, landscape architect Jill Desimini explores a range of cartographic practices, from a medieval map of the British Isles to contemporary data visualization.
12.06.12: Michael Light & Aaron Rothman
Above Lake Las Vegas
On Places, aerial photographs of the bankrupt luxury communities of Lake Las Vegas, by Michael Light.
The Land Up North
On Places, an essay for Thanksgiving week, by Nicola Waldron, about the cycles of life and land.
10.25.12: Terry Evans & Alan Thomas
On Places, a portfolio by photographer Terry Evans documents the "disturbed, cultivated, militarized" landscapes of her native American Midwest; with commentary by Alan Thomas.
09.06.12: Daniel Kariko & Aaron Rothman
On Places, a portfolio by photographer Daniel Kariko records the fragile and changing landscapes of the barrier islands of southern Louisiana.
The Vernacular of Disaster
On Places, in the midst of storm season, James Barilla explores the links between place, weather and disaster, and the increasingly global language of environmental catastrophe.
08.28.12: Aaron Rothman, David La Spina, Ed Panar & Michael Vahrenwald
Landscape Photography: New Visions, Part 5
On Places, the fifth installment in a month-long series, curated by Aaron Rothman, on currents in landscape photography.
08.21.12: Aaron Rothman, Bryan Graf, Christina Seely, Kirsten Kay Thoen & Letha Wilson
Landscape Photography: New Visions, Part 4
On Places, the fourth installment in a month-long series, curated by Aaron Rothman, on currents in landscape photography.
08.14.12: Aaron Rothman, Bleda y Rosa, Patrick Manning, Richard Mosse & Stephen Tourlentes
Landscape Photography: New Visions, Part 3
On Places, the third installment in a month-long series, curated by Aaron Rothman, on currents in landscape photography.
08.08.12: Aaron Rothman, Matthew Brandt, William Lamson, Chris McCaw & Mieke Woestenburg
Landscape Photography: New Visions, Part 2
On Places, the second installment in a month-long series, curated by Aaron Rothman, on currents in landscape photography.
08.01.12: Aaron Rothman, Marisa Baumgartner, Guillermo Gudiño & Dan Holdsworth
Landscape Photography: New Visions
On Places, the first installment in a month-long series, curated by Aaron Rothman, on currents in landscape photography.
Journey’s End: Wim Wenders in Texas
On Places, Enrique Ramirez explores the making of Wim Wenders's Paris, Texas,
and how the strange and atmospheric film captures the elusive essence of Houston.
William L. Fox
On the Road Home
On Places, William Fox reviews The Prehistory of Home
, by anthropologist Jerry Moore — and explores what it means to be home
On Places, a slideshow drawn from a visual survey of all KOA campgrounds in the United States.
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.
The Trash Heap of History
On Places, Michael Ezban explores the past and present of Monte Testacccio, the great landfill of imperial Rome — and finds a precedent for contemporary landfill reclamation projects.
03.29.12: Robert Adams & Aaron Rothman
We Are in a Western Town
On Places, Aaron Rothman explores the enduring power of the photographs of Robert Adams, and what they reveal about the paradoxical landscape of the American West.
03.01.12: Alexandra Lange
How to Be an Architecture Critic
So you want to learn how to talk about buildings? Alexandra Lange suggests starting with “Sometimes We Do It Right,” Ada Louise Huxtable's classic review of the Marine Midland Bank Building in New York.
01.26.12: Michael Lundgren, Aaron Rothman & Josh Wallaert
If There Be Such Space
On Places, a slideshow drawn from a collaborative exhibition by two photographers who share an interest in the perception and representation of natural landscapes.
Michael P. Branch
The Hills Are Alive
On Places, Michael Branch reflects on how deeply photography and film shape our landscape aesthetics (and how much he detests the Alpine-worshipping The Sound of Music
12.15.11: Kathleen Robbins & Mary Carol Miller
On Places, photographer Kathleen Robbins and writer Mary Carol Miller focus on the cotton farms of their native Mississippi — a changing landscape and vanishing livelihood.
The Evil, Evil Grain Elevator
On Places, David Heymann continues his exploration of buildings and landscapes — and shows how even a building form as familiar as a grain elevator can come to seem evil.
A Mound in the Wood
On Places, David Heymann continues his exploration of the charged relationship between architecture and landscape.
Landscape Is Our Sex
On Places, David Heymann analyzes the logics — and illogics — of the idea that the
relationship of a building to its landscape is — or should be — a key element of its design..
Above Grade: On the High Line
On Places, writer Phillip Lopate traces the pre-history of the High Line, and ponders whether New York City's elevated park will be a victim of its own success.
Manifest Destiny: A Guide to the Essential Indifference of American Suburban Housing
On Places, British architect Jason Griffiths offers a close reading of modern American suburbia, where mass production meets the myth of the arcadian frontier.
Road Ecology: Wildlife Habitat and Highway Design
On Places, Laura Tepper looks at the emerging field of road ecology and its influence on a new generation of highway landscape design.
Landscape Optimism: An Interview with Chris Reed
On Places, Quilian Riano interviews landscape architect Chris Reed, who describes the rise of landscape urbanism from an academic movement in the 1990s to an increasingly influential set of ideas and practices.
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.
07.11.11: Mark Klett & Aaron Rothman
Views Across Time
On Places, an interview with photographer Mark Klett and a slideshow from his ongoing rephotography project, with views across time of the American West.
The Eastward-Moving House
On Places, David Heymann's "The Eastward-Moving House" — a continuation of the imaginative history of American home-building begun in J.B. Jackson's "The Westward-Moving House."
The Westward-Moving House: Three American Houses and the People Who Lived in Them
On Places, a republication of J.B. Jackson's classic essay "The Westward-Moving House," which traces the evolution of the American house — the American dream — over three centuries and across the continent.
Point of Astonishment
On Places, architect Ken McCown's photographic record of a New Zealand journey — where the panoramic vistas and unpolluted atmosphere recall what the Western U.S. was like decades ago.
A Short History of the Campsite
On Places, Martin Hogue traces a history of the campsite, from early 20th-century wilderness camps to today's domesticated campgrounds, where the amenities include day spas and wi-fi.
On Places, selected soundscapes by architect Nick Sowers that record a journey along the Atlantikwall
, the line of coastal fortifications built by the Nazis to defend against Allied invasion.
Visualizing Landscapes: In the Terrain of Water
On Places, an exhibition on the visualization of water and landscape, from the Beaux Arts to the digital, curated by Anuradha Mathur.
Kristi Dykema Cheramie
The Scale of Nature: Modeling the Mississippi River
On Places, Kristi Dykema Cheramie explores the ruins of the abandoned Mississippi River Basin Model and ponders the decades-long battle to control the great river.
02.24.11: Dorothy Tang & Andrew Watkins
Ecologies of Gold: The Past and Future Mining Landscapes of Johannesburg
On Places, Dorothy Tang and Andrew Watkins explore the ecological rehabilitation of the defunct gold mines of central Johannesburg.
02.10.11: Brian Rosa & Adam Ryder
The Edge of Light: Wendover
On Places, photographs by Brian Rosa and Adam Ryder document the nighttime mysteries of Wendover, where military history, land-speed racing and the casino industry make for unexpected juxtapositions.
The New Public Landscapes of Governors Island: An Interview with Adriaan Geuze
On Places, Brian Davis interviews landscape architect Adriaan Geuze of West 8 about his design for a major new public park on Governors Island in New York Harbor.
Full of Beauties
On Places, photographs by Ken McCown, focusing on fragments of contemporary buildings and public art and on natural landscapes from California to New Zealand to Korea.
Jesus de Francisco
The Rings of Saturn
On Places, a portfolio of photographs of neglected landscapes, from Los Angeles to Berlin, by art director and photographer Jesus de Francisco.
On Places, the last installment of David Heymann's series on the rising importance of landscape to architecture, seen in works by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Peter Zumthor, OMA, Zaha Hadid, and others.
Nature-ization Takes Command
On Places, the second in a series of essays by David Heymann exploring the dynamic relationship of landscape and architecture, evident in works ranging from big civic projects by Norman Foster to small rural houses by Glenn Murcutt.
A Cloud on a Lake
On Places, architect David Heymann explores the charged relationship between buildings and landscapes in works as diverse as Diller Scofidio + Renfro's notorious Blur Building and Hiroshi Sugimoto's minimalist seascapes.
Frederick Law Olmsted and the Campaign for Public Health
On Places, Tom Fisher explores a forgotten chapter in the illustrious career of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted: his brief but exemplary period as head of the U.S. Sanitary Commission.
Notes Toward a History of Agrarian Urbanism
On Places, Charles Waldheim sketches a history of agriculture in cities, from Frank Lloyd Wright to ecological urbanism.
The Productive Surface
On Places, Mason White traces a line from the Cité Industrielle to Buckminster Fuller to contemporary designers exploring the potential for built surfaces to produce agriculture, renewable energy, water harvesting, and more.
09.09.10: Elizabeth Mossop and Jeffrey Carney
In the Mississippi Delta: Building with Water
On Places, Elizabeth Mossop and Jeffrey Carney report on the work of the Coastal Sustainability Studio at Louisiana State University, which is proposing long-range solutions to the environmental and social challenges of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
Land, Speed and Bonneville
On Places — coinciding with Speed Week at Bonneville — a gallery created by architect Martin Hogue documents decades of land speed racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats of western Utah.
06.29.10: Nicholas Pevzner and Sanjukta Sen
Preparing Ground: An Interview with Anuradha Mathur + Dilip da Cunha
On Places, an interview with landscape architects Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha, focusing on projects from the Mississippi to Mumbai.
Building Brooklyn Bridge Park: An Interview with Matthew Urbanski
On Places, landscape designer Brian Davis interviews Matthew Urbanski, principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, about Brooklyn Bridge Park, a major new public park in New York City.
Paper Architecture, Emerging Urbanism
On Places, Tim Love explores the latest generation of paper architecture being created by under-employed designers — and argues that the current recession offers a real chance to align progressive theory with urban practice.
On Places, a slideshow of photographs from Frank Gohlke's series on grain elevators in the American Midwest and Great Plains.
A portfolio of photographs of designed structures and landscapes — from La Jolla to Marfa, from Hadrian's Villa to Storm King — by landscape architecture professor Ken McCown.
Frank Gohlke: Thoughts on Landscape
On Places, Brian Rosa reviews Frank Gohlke's Thoughts on Landscape
, a volume of collected writings which shows that this leading American photographer is as eloquent with words as with images.
New (and Old) Topographics
On Places, New (and Old) Topographics —
selected photographs from the Center for Creative Photography that comprise a complementary exhibition to the current restaging of the groundbreaking 1975 show New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape
This Place is a Message
On Places, a portfolio of recent photographs of natural and built landscapes by Arizona-based artist and photographer Aaron Rothman.
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.
Architect Sergio Lopez-Pineiro explores the urban design potential of snow, with the goal of creating "white parks" and generating new appreciation for the city in winter.
Lawrence Halprin, 1916 – 2009
Lawrence Halprin, one of the leading landscape architects of the postwar era, remembered by his longtime friend and colleague Donlyn Lyndon.
A portfolio of photographs, with images ranging from the American West to Vatican City, by landscape architect Ken McCown.
The Past Is Promenade: On the High Line
Architect Ian Baldwin contemplates the High Line and sees in New York's newest park a rare and valuable form of urban place: a slow corridor.
The Infrastructural City
Los Angeles depends upon vast infrastructural systems that are breathtakingly powerful, yet vulnerable to disruption, even disaster. Landscape architect Chris Reed reviews The Infrastructural City
Photographer Mark Klett reviews Placing Memory
, which juxtaposes contemporary color photos of abandoned Japanese-American internment camps, by photographer Todd Stewart, with government-commissioned period images, to haunting effect.
Metaphor Remediation: A New Ecology for the City
Cities are the new frontiers green living, and Andrew Blum argues that we need to revise the old metaphors: will Half Dome give way to the high-rise as the new emblem of environmentalism?
08.05.09: Nina-Marie Lister
Ecological planner Nina-Marie Lister explores innovative ways to regenerate urban waterfronts.
01.15.05: Daniel S. Friedman
Campus Design as Critical Practice
How to turn a lackluster midwestern campus into an international cultural destination.
07.01.00: Elizabeth Felicella
Portfolio: Uneasy Spaces
New York City photographer Elizabeth Felicella focuses on what she calls "landscape of security."
07.15.95: Thomas J. Campanella
A tour of Splendid China, the "world's largest miniature scenic spot."
07.15.83: Kathy Halbreich, William Porter and Lois Craig
An Interview with James Turrell
A 1983 interview with James Turrell, then beginning his transformation of the Roden Crater. The monumental work is scheduled to open to the public in 2012.