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PEOPLE HAVE TRIED TO CONTROL traffic and speeding since the invention of the car—maybe since the domestication of the horse. And for good reason: research has shown that when America got Continue reading

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The Art of Infrastructure

THE TERM INFRASTRUCTURE is rarely associated with objects of beauty or cutting-edge creativity. Rather, it suggests a certain bureaucratic blandness, abstractly removed from that which we care about or relate to. Continue reading

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Slide Show: David Maisel

Renowned photographer David Maisel challenges our notions of beauty and toxicity with his unsettling abstract aerial photos of altered landscapes. David Maisel’s photographs in this issue of Orion are from Black Continue reading

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Audio Slide Show: Books of Ice

Photos from Basia Irland’s ice sculpture project, which raises awareness about the health of our waterways by identifying plants that are native to certain rivers, freezing seeds of these plants in Continue reading