PART 3: BUILDING THE COALITION
In the middle of an icy winter day, community members from all over Newark converged on the Municipal Council’s final public hearing on zoning reform to urge adoption of the new standards. This remarkable consensus was the product of 2 years of a systematic effort by the Newark Planning Office, under the direction of Damon Rich, to democratize the development and zoning process. read more
Professor Rahul Mehrotra’s Extreme Urbanism III studio explores possible interventions at the intersection between critical conservation and urban planning and design for Agra, India, an exemplar of contemporary urban challenges. At this moment, Loeb Fellows, studio students and students in the MDes Critical Conservation Program are in Agra conducting a close study of the conditions and opportunities that can propel the city forward toward a more sustainable future for its citizens, its historical treasures and its environment. read more
Maurice Cox (LF ’02) is on the move again: Detroit’s Mayor Duggan has recruited him to be the city's new planning director, and he starts immediately on a part-time basis as he transitions from his leadership role at Tulane City Center and Tulane University. He’ll have prodigious challenges: the city is crawling out of bankruptcy, one in three residents lives in poverty, the infrastructure is antiquated and resident flight has resulted in 60 square miles of abandoned land and a highly dispersed population. Yet Cox is just the leader to turn liabilities into opportunities by mobilizing the community capacity, creativity and determination that stubbornly prevail in Detroit. Read more in “Duggan taps new Detroit planning leader.”
In his 7 years with the Newark Planning Office, Damon Rich has led the charge to revise zoning regulations for a 21st century city, while growing citizen ownership of the process. In Part 1 of our 3-part series, he described the obstacles to be overcome to arrive at a coherent, practical and forward-looking code. Here in Part 2, he details the results of the years of meetings, writing, public comments, drafts, revisions, hearings and votes: NZLUR. read more
Loeb Fellows are by their very nature socially engaged, often approaching their social engagement through urban planning, policymaking, architecture, or activism. For Seitu Jones, social engagement is realized through art. And on special occasions, through food. read more
As Newark’s first municipal urban designer, 2007 Loeb Fellow Damon Rich oversaw a revolution in overhauling the city’s zoning codes to craft a more livable, equitable and inclusive Newark. Now at the end of his 7-year tenure he is returning to private practice. This is the first of a 3-part series in which Rich reflects on the why and how of his impressive achievement. read more
Designers committed to Public Interest Design have overcome significant obstacles to “convince their peers that this work is a central obligation of architects and a chance for innovative work,” and convince potential clients of design’s relevance. As an article in Harvard Magazine makes clear, Loebs have been at the forefront of the movement, from John Peterson (LF ’06) and Public Architecture, Maurice Cox (LF ’05) at Tulane City Center and Bryan Bell (LF ’11) and the Structures for Inclusion Conference–among many others–to the Loeb-spawned SEED Evaluator. read more
Livable city Toronto will be the laboratory for a daylong conference titled Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading with Landscape. Charles Birnbaum (LF ’98) is among the keynote speakers who will tease out the strategies that enable cities to bridge modern and historic and build sustainable stewardship of their natural resources. And participants in the conference will get a first-hand look at what makes Toronto “the best place to live” according to Economist magazine. The conference is on May 22, but tours and receptions span the weekend. Learn more and register.
Urban decay, monasteries and salsa don’t often appear in the same sentence. But as writer Sasha Pfeiffer learned when talking with Alexie Torres-Fleming (LF ’14), to understand her life and interests it’s helpful to “language” in a new way. The profile appeared in the Boston Sunday Globe.