On Places, photographs by Dennis DeHart examine a landscape of contradictions in the Inland Pacific Northwest.
Nowhere and Everywhere: The Landscape of the Colorado Delta
On Places, planner Armando Carbonell explores, in aerial photographs, the fragile yet resilient landscapes of the Colorado River Delta.
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.
Beneficial Use: Toward Balancing America's (Sediment) Budget
On Places, Richard Campanella argues that the promethean geo-engineering of our river systems has resulted in the catastrophic erosion of our coasts — and proposes one potential solution.
“We shall deal here with humble things”
On Places, Barbara Penner considers the design, culture and politics of the bathroom — and how "this smallest of domestic rooms is linked to the larger worlds of engineering and infrastructure."
What the Nation’s Best-Educated Amateur Planners Learned from Hurricane Isaac. And Gustav. And Rita and Katrina. And Cindy, Ivan, Lili, Isidore, and Georges.
On Places, geographer Richard Campanella analyzes the many lessons that New Orleanians have learned from weathering powerful hurricanes — and he argues that the toughest test is yet to come.
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.
Revolution of the Thirsty
On Places, Karen Piper argues that the ongoing Egyptian Revolution is about not only political freedom but also the right to water: it is a "revolution of the thirsty."
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.
03.21.12: Hadley Arnold & Peter Arnold
Drylands: Water and the West
On Places, an essay and slideshow by Peter Arnold and Hadley Arnold of the Arid Lands Institute, on what they call "the largest and least understood environmental challenge of the 21st century."
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.
10.26.11: Center for Creative Photography & Mark Klett
Water in the West
On Places, a slideshow from the collaborative photography project Water in the West, with an introduction by Mark Klett.
Small and Heavy World
On Places, a short story by Ashleigh Pedersen set in a fantastical landscape among the trees during a flood in the Deep South.
On Places, a short story by Anthony Doerr set in a Chinese village soon to be drowned by the Three Gorges Dam.
Below the Sill Plate: New Orleans East Struggles to Recover
On Places, architect Deborah Gans describes a multi-year effort to rebuild neighborhoods in post-Katrina New Orleans — and the limited results to date.
The Dying Sea
On Places, a portfolio of photographs by Radek Skrivanek, documenting the death of the Aral Sea.
Blue Urbanism: The City and the Ocean
On Places, planning professor Tim Beatley makes a case for blue urbanism — a new planning focus on how the design of cities affects the health of the planet's oceans.
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.
03.24.11: Alejandro Cartagena & Aaron Rothman
On Places, a portfolio of images by Mexican photographer Alejandro Cartagena, documenting the ecological effects of rapid urbanization.
Anne Pierson Wiese
On Places, a poem by Anne Pierson Wiese, Sutliff Bridge,
inspired by the dramatic destruction of an historic Iowa bridge in the floods of 2008.
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.
Black in Back: Mardi Gras and the Racial Geography of New Orleans
On Places, Tim Culvahouse charts the complex racial geography of New Orleans (and looks in on the Rex and Zulu Mardi Gras parades).
Dreams, Dust and Birds: The Trashing of Owens Lake
On Places, Karen Piper narrates the latest chapter in one California's longest water wars: Los Angeles' efforts to undo the environmental damage done to Owens Lake, decades after its waters were diverted to supply the thirsty metropolis.
Flush with Inequality: Sanitation in South Africa
On Places, just in time for World Toilet Day 2010, Barbara Penner explores the complex political, social and environmental meanings of sanitation in post-apartheid South Africa.
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.
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.
Center for Urban Pedagogy
The Water Underground
On Places, watch The Water Underground
, a video from the Center for Urban Pedagogy that tracks the complex — and contested — systems of water supply, treatment and waste that serve New York City.
Two Feet High and Rising: On Optimism, Speculation and Oysters
On Places, Mimi Zeiger reviews MoMA's ambitious new architecture and urban design show, Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfron
t, which explores how New York Harbor might be adapted in the face of rising sea levels.
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.
Niagara: It Has It All
Architectural historian Barbara Penner reviews Inventing Niagara
, by Ginger Strand, drawing out the contradictory mix of reverence and exploitation inspired by the famous falls.
08.05.09: Nina-Marie Lister
Ecological planner Nina-Marie Lister explores innovative ways to regenerate urban waterfronts.
is a bold proposal by a team of Chicago urban designers for how cities can ensure the availability of an increasingly scarce resource.
10.15.08: Guy Nordenson, Catherine Seavitt & Adam Yarinsky
On the Water: The New York/New Jersey Harbor
As the planet warms, rising seas will endanger coastal communities around the world. Engineer Guy Nordenson proposes a bold plan to protect New York City.