Nevada's Dixie Valley

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A Drive-Thru Enemy Landscape
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692 Like a historic fountain commemorating the valley's ranching past, water spews out a faucet continuously, near a foreign military tank, forming a marsh at a ranch site in the Dixie Valley. CLUI photoTHE DIXIE VALLEY IS A remote part of northern Nevada that is a rare example of a simulated hostile nation on American soil, open to the public. Military equipment, both functional and not, is scattered among the ruins of old homesteads and ranches, a landscape that represents an integrated air defense system comprised of 37 real or simulated radars, the defenses of a generic hostile land.

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CLUI Goes Down the Tube

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Team Visits the Sewer Before it’s Too Late
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663 The 12 foot diameter tunnel, looking east - upstream, in the future. CLUI photo A CLUI VIDEO TEAM WAS dispatched recently to interview the workers at an obscured construction site in the Baldwin Hills, near the Center’s main office in Culver City, California. The site, it turned out, was an access shaft above a connection point in the City of Los Angeles’ new main sewer line, a massive and complex construction project that has been going on underneath the city for over ten years.

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The CLUI Gets Stuck in Traffic

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Traffic is Subject of Exhibit and Lecture March 2004
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655 After a protracted Q&A session, Mr. Rostam, from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, led the group outside, to the silver painted metal cabinet near the front door of the Center, on the sidewalk at the corner of Bagley and Venice Boulevard. With his master key in hand, he opened the cabinet, and explained the function of the various blinking rack mounted components inside. CLUI photoTHE CENTER CELEBRATED TRAFFIC LAST March, in an exhibit called Loop Feedback Loop: The Big Picture of Traffic Control in Los Angeles, as part of an ongoing exploration of Los Angeles’ infrastructure.

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The Jet Set UN Tour

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Around the World in 45 Minutes at the United Nations
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739 The U.N. building, and a U.N. Guide, interpreting a land mine display. CLUI photo by Erik Knutzen
THERE AREN'T TOO MANY PLACES in America where a few footsteps transports a visitor to international territory. One of them is the United Nations, a building complex former Pentagon official Richard Perle characterized as the “Looming Chatterbox on the Hudson” (though he got his geography wrongit’s actually on the East River).

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Edison’s Menlo Park Lab

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The Original Modern R&D Complex
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702 View of Menlo Park lab as it looked in 1880, at the height of its productivity. Image courtesy of the Thomas Alva Edison Memorial MuseumThis is one in a series of reports about interpretive sites related to Thomas Edison, the inventor and industrialist whose work established the basis for much of the industrialization of the world that followed, and continues today. While much about how he did things is debated, the manner in which the sites related to his life are preserved instructs us about how his legacy continues to influence the story of the creation of the modern world.

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The Space Between: Thoughts on the New Jersey Meadowlands

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NEW JERSEY'S MEADOWLANDS ARE A broken hole in the densest state in the nation, with two distinct kinds of landscapes. There are structures built for movement, like traffic flowing along linear turnpikes, goods through railways and container yards, energy through electrical wires, and planes along runways. Then there are the static places, the eddies and stagnant pools between these areas of flow.

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CLUI Northeast Office in Troy NY

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Programs and Projects about NJ and NY Underway
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708 Julia Christensen presenting lecture at the Center's Northeast Regional Office. CLUI photoTHE NORTHEAST REGIONAL OFFICE FOR the Center, which opened less than a year ago, is already becoming a critical base of operations for the development of programs and projects in the region. The office’s service area is the Northeastern United States Interpretive District, which includes the states of New England, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

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