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Water


02.18.14: Sasha Bezzubov & Aaron Rothman

Landscape Forensics
On Places, photographs by Sasha Bezzubov examine invisible phenomena underlying contemporary landscapes, including climate change and politically disputed claims on land and resources.
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11.21.13: Dennis DeHart

Heavy Metal
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.
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05.30.13: Tom Vanderbilt

The City and the Sea
On Places, Tom Vanderbilt surveys the landscape and politics of New York City after Hurricane Sandy, focusing on both early response and long-range planning.
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04.18.13: Dennis DeHart

Confluences
On Places, photographs by Dennis DeHart examine a landscape of contradictions in the Inland Pacific Northwest.
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02.07.13: Armando Carbonell

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.
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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.
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01.28.13: Richard Campanella

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.
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11.13.12: Barbara Penner

“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."
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10.11.12: Richard Campanella

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.
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09.06.12: Daniel Kariko & Aaron Rothman

Storm Season
On Places, a portfolio by photographer Daniel Kariko records the fragile and changing landscapes of the barrier islands of southern Louisiana.
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07.12.12: Karen Piper

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."
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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.
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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."
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01.23.12: Austin Troy

Thirsty City
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.
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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.
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08.18.11: Ashleigh Pedersen

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.
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08.15.11: Anthony Doerr

Village 113
On Places, a short story by Anthony Doerr set in a Chinese village soon to be drowned by the Three Gorges Dam.
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06.27.11: Deborah Gans

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.
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04.20.11: Radek Skrivanek

The Dying Sea
On Places, a portfolio of photographs by Radek Skrivanek, documenting the death of the Aral Sea.
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04.18.11: Timothy Beatley

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.
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03.31.11: Anuradha Mathur

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.
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03.24.11: Alejandro Cartagena & Aaron Rothman

Lost Rivers
On Places, a portfolio of images by Mexican photographer Alejandro Cartagena, documenting the ecological effects of rapid urbanization.
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03.23.11: Anne Pierson Wiese

Sutliff Bridge
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.
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03.21.11: 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.
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03.10.11: Tim Culvahouse

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).
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01.24.11: Karen Piper

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.
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11.18.10: Barbara Penner

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.
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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.
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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.
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05.20.10: 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.
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04.08.10: Mimi Zeiger

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 Waterfront, which explores how New York Harbor might be adapted in the face of rising sea levels.
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01.20.10: Christine Macy

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.
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09.24.09: Barbara Penner

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.
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08.05.09: Nina-Marie Lister

Water/Front
Ecological planner Nina-Marie Lister explores innovative ways to regenerate urban waterfronts.
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10.15.08: UrbanLab

Growing Water
Growing Water is a bold proposal by a team of Chicago urban designers for how cities can ensure the availability of an increasingly scarce resource.
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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.
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