Mason White on the “productive surface”

Places Journal, publishes an excerpt from BRACKET [on farming] Issue #1: by Mason White . He writes, “My argument here is that the productive is an extension and evolution of sustainability — without any dubious empirical or technological determinism.” Looking back over the history of 20th-century design histories and practices White suggests a lineage of urbanism as productive, whether the area of operation/output equal(ed) post-Victorian efforts in hygiene, Buckminster Fuller’s hopes for a total inventory or the contemporary modern, industrial strength landscape of  the River Rouge Complex .

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