Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez (LF 2002) is the keynote speaker for a one-day seminar on the Future of Havana.
When: Monday, May 20, 9.30 am-4.00pm
Where: CGIS South 2nd Level S250
Perez Hernandez is the 2012-13 Wilbur Marvin Visiting Scholar and author of "A Master Plan for 21st Century Havana.” The seminar is sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
The Museum of Modern Art, in response to criticism of its plan to tear down the Folk Art Museum designed by Senior Loeb Scholars Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, announced it will reconsider the decision. Diller Scofidio & Renfro has been selected to design the museum’s expansion and will determine whether to include the existing structure. Read "To Raze or Not? MoMA Rethinks Plan” in the New York Times.
Photo: Michael Moran
A Loeb Alumni Council Grant brought alums and Vermonters together in an intensive two-day charette, Upstream–Downtown: Making room for the river and building resiliency in Vermont’s downtowns and villages, to explore how the state’s river-based urban centers can thrive in a changing climate. read more
Billie Tsien and Tod Williams barely stopped to sleep during their week as Senior Loeb Scholars at the GSD in March. In addition to lectures, reviews and class visits, they generously spent many informal hours in lively conversations with students and Loeb Fellows and affiliates over meals. read more
Atelier Dreiseitl, known for some of the world’s most innovative urban water and landscape planning projects, has joined the Rambøll Group. The firm founded by Herbert Dreiseitl (LF 2011) brings expertise in technical solutions coupled with aesthetics, good design and a strong social component to Rambøll, which has developed sustainability and green city solutions in all the Nordic capitals. read more
The Tulane School of Architecture announced the recent appointment of Christopher Calott (LF 2012) as professor of practice and director of the 3-year old Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development Program. His combination of creative skills as an architect and urban planner and entrepreneurial expertise as a real estate developer suit him well to lead a program that emphasizes regenerative development.
Karen Lee Bar-Sinai and her design partner Yehuda Greenfield-Gilat, of Jerusalem-based SAYA studio, are profiled in a recent blog post for the New Yorker. By showing policy planners how to think more like architects, and architects how to think a little more like policy planners, the pair is aiming for the incremental shifts in attitude that could lead to a breakthrough in the peace process. "We have an obligation to devote our skills to resolving these problems,” says Bar-Sinai.
Read "Blessed are the Mapmakers” by Ken Shulman.
SAYA’s Is Peace Possible Interactive Map enables viewers to redraw boundaries, see the implications of their choices and then share the results – try it.
The 2014 Loeb Fellows are reclaiming landfills and restoring coastal areas. They are inventing inclusive processes for revitalizing distressed neighborhoods and pioneering new models for housing and livable communities. And they are applying a critical eye to the design professions and writing about it all for professionals and lay audiences.
Catch a glimpse of the incoming class as they begin their orientation and attend the Annual Loeb Lecture on May 10 at 6 p.m. in Piper Auditorium. Cathleen McGuigan will be speaking on "Women in Design” and the state of the art.
Read brief bios of the 2014 Loebs.
Photo of the Bronx River Watershed by Jim Henderson
CC. Sullivan looks for good news about African-American architects in America and finds too few stars and a still-tiny minority within the profession. He cites Phil Freelon (LF 1990) as one example of a vibrant practice and a strong voice. Read "Toward a blacker architecture in America” in Smartplanet.