Thinkbelt

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Digital images of iconic architecture have become more valuable and more real than the completed building—if it ever gets built at all. Simone Brott reveals how the superficiality of the image is a technique of neoliberal globalization and an instrument of ideology.
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The murder of Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres was the grand finale of years of terror by the company building the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam—enabled and supported by state forces and security forces, by prosecutors, judges, and politicians. For journalist Nina Lakhani, Cáceres’s life and death is an emblematic story of what is happening all across Central America.
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Among its demands for reparations, the New Afrikan Independence Movement sought to create a sovereign nation-state encompassing a large portion of the U.S. South. Historian Edward Onaci contextualizes this radically imaginative movement within past and present struggles for Black liberation.
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Horror arises when external reality exceeds our internal comprehension. Could it also provoke feelings of resistance we didn’t know we had? Erin Y. Huang deciphers the affective dimensions of zones of exception in neoliberal post-socialist Asia.
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By conceiving of urban design as constantly changing, the Metabolists opened architecture up to a narrative dimension. William Gardner details the rich exchanges between visionary architects and science fiction authors in postwar Japan.
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Women have been drawn to city life for centuries, despite the persistent tensions, freedom and fear, empowerment and struggle. Taking an intersectional approach to urban inequality, geographer Leslie Kern urges us to change the perspective from which our spaces are designed and built.
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Managing adverse climatic conditions was a significant part of the project of architectural modernism before the proliferation of air conditioning. Daniel Barber traces the conceptualization of the normative thermal interior space—and highlights the rich history of alternative models.
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Anthropologist Karla Slocum considers the under-recognized contemporary currency of historic Black towns in Oklahoma. Why, despite their small size and uncertain economies, do these places remain attractive?

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