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My name is Vicki Mahaffey and I took over as
head of the department on July 1, 2016. I'll be using this site to post updates and information of interest to our faculty, students, and alumni,
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What Does Fiction Know?

Just a short post today, with a link to a new piece by Richard Powers. The essay, which I link to at the bottom of this post, has recently been published in Places, an interesting online online journal which describes itself as follows:

"Founded 28 years ago by architecture faculty at MIT and Berkeley, Places is an interdisciplinary journal of contemporary architecture, landscape and urbanism, with particular emphasis on the public realm as physical place and social ideal. Places is a 501(c)3 organization, published by the Design History Foundation and supported by a consortium of U.S. universities as well as organizational and individual sponsors."

The Powers piece is on Berlin, on the relationship between fiction and experience, and--of course!--about much more. Check it out here: "What Does Fiction Know?"

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