Margaret Scott’s Summer in Government

LOEBlogger Margaret Scott had the opportunity to engage with the gears of federal government in two very different places this summer. Here are her reflections. read more

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Birmingham Report: Philip Morris gives an update

In the lead-up to the Loebs Fall Study Tour to New Orleans in mid-October, it’s timely to take a look back at an earlier tour to Birmingham in 2010, and check on the progress of a transformative urban project that was just getting its footing. Philip A. Morris (LF ’84) tells the story in photos. read more

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Jamie Blosser's Ohkay Owingeh Project an Honoring Nations Semifinalist

In her introduction to the Harvard community this week, Loeb Jamie Blosser focussed on the Owe'neh Bupingeh Rehabilitation Project of Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico, to illustrate the importance of culture, spirit and relationship to her architectural practice. The project was named one of 18 semifinalists for the prestigious 2014 “Honoring Nations” awards by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. read more

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Jair Lynch in the News (Again)

Jair LynchJair Lynch (LF '06) has joined longtime collaborator MacFarlane Partners to re-envision and complete the stalled Half Street project in Washington, DC. The Washington Business Journal has the story.

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Behind the Scenes with Lonni Tanner

Lonni Tanner (LF ’08) was Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s chief change officer in the NYC Department of Design and Construction, focussed on restoring dignity for the city’s vulnerable residents in their encounters with the city’s social service centers. The Department of Probation liked her style of “crazy,” and was rewarded with some shiny new “un-probation centers.” She allowed Arcade to publish her diary from that effort. Read Ingenuity Isn’t Expensive ... Fear Is.: Reimagining New York City’s Probation Centers.

Probation center design by Biber Architects/James Victore Design; photo © David Sundberg / Esto

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Rick Lowe Named MacArthur Fellow

Project Row Houses, which turned 20 last year, has not stopped evolving and growing, largely due to the outsize imagination and collaborative spirit of co-founder Rick Lowe (LF ’02). The creative ripples continue to expand, from the original 22 shotgun houses to an expanding campus in Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood and to projects throughout the country in New Orleans, Seattle, Charleston and Los Angeles. Now the MacArthur Foundation has recognized the singular achievements and promise of Lowe’s “social sculpture” by awarding him one of its iconic “genius grants.” Learn more about the MacArthur Fellowship and Project Row Houses.

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Teresa Brice Retires from LISC Phoenix: Successor sought

After 8 years as executive director at LISC Phoenix, Teresa Brice is retiring at the end of this year. “I began my work in the nonprofit sector 35 years ago as an attorney for Community Legal Services, but community development has been my passion for the majority of my career,” she said. read more

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Hopeful Aging with Dr. John Zeisel

John Zeisel (LF '71) has taken up a new additional career: that of television producer. His new cable interview show, "Hopeful Aging With Dr. John Zeisel," has already aired 2 episodes, available on Youtube. See his interview with Senator Patricia Jehlen.

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NY Pop-Up Design Bookstore Opens 9/16

Tired of the same old NY happy hours and art opening events? Try something new September 16, when Swiss Institute inaugurates its pop-up bookstore. ARTBOOK @ SWISS INSTITUTE, focussing on design books and artifacts, will be open to the public on Tuesday, September 16th, and Friday, September 19th, from 5pm to 8pm. read more

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The People's City: Marcel Acosta and Washington, DC

When LOEBlogger Margaret Scott stopped in to chat with Marcel Acosta during her summer in DC, she learned something about the multiple constituencies, layers of government and imperatives he manages in his role with the National Capital Planning Commission. He approaches it all with openness, curiosity and deep respect for the historical and symbolic significance of the nation’s capital. read more

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