Carter Wiseman’s Big Little Book

What Carter Wiseman (LF '85) calls his “little book,” published in September by Trinity University Press, has become something of a bestseller. Amazon has listed Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication about the Built Environment" at #1 in the categories of Architecture Study and Teaching and Architecture Project Planning and Management. The book is based on the courses Wiseman teaches at the Yale School of Architecture, "Writing on Architecture," and "Case Studies in Architectural Criticism." read more

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Women Rising: Voices from Venice

Our erstwhile LOEBlogger Caroline James, who graduated with a MArch from the GSD in June, didn’t take much of a vacation before starting work at Maryann Thompson Architects this fall. While she was in Venice this summer she advanced the work she began as a cofounder of Women in Design by conducting a series of video interviews with architects Caroline Bos, Louise Braverman, Odile Decq, Yasmin Shariff, and Benedetta Tagliabue. Now everyone can view the result with the launch of Voices from Venice: Conversations at the 2014 Architecture Biennale with Women who Practice Architecture. read more

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Far-Reaching Impact: a look back at the Urban Design Group

Jonathan Barnett, Jaquelin Robertson and Richard Weinstein–3 of the 4 founding members of the Urban Design Group–along with Donald Elliot, former chair of the New York City Planning Commission, gathered recently at the GSD to discuss the impact for the city of the policies they developed. Jerold Kayden (professor of urban planning) moderated the panel discussion and prompted the men to share their insights on a significant period in the history of New York. read more

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Meet the Rudy Bruner Award Winners

Rudy Bruner Award medalists benchmark urban excellence at all scales, in all kinds of settings, with all types of projects, and the recent 2013 winners typify this diversity. read more

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Karen Lee Bar-Sinai’s ARCHITACTICS

Karen Lee Bar-Sinai (LF ’13) continues to preach the gospel of Resolution Planning to everyone looking for hope and solutions to the seemingly intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One indication that the ideas developed by her firm SAYA are gaining greater currency is the exhibit “Architactics: The Role and Responsibility of Architects in Conflict Resolution,” currently on view at the Rappaport Treasure Hall at Brandeis University. read more

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Living with Water in NYC

Even before Hurricane Sandy, current Loeb Thaddeus Pawlowski and his team at the New York Department of City Planning detected a gap in the city’s Hazard Mitigation plan, notably information about how to retrofit existing buildings to higher flood elevations. They set about rectifying the problem by forging a partnership with the Office of Emergency Management, Department of Buildings and AIA. The result is a new report, Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk, which represents a significant step toward preparing the city for climate change.  read more

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Facelift for NYC Parks

Angelyn Chandler (LF ’14) returned to NYC Parks after her Loeb year and is now leading the new Community Parks Initiative capital program.  The large NYC park success stories are well known–the conversion of Staten Island landfill to Freshkills Park, which Chandler oversaw, is a notable example. Now the hundreds of neglected small parks in low income neighborhoods throughout the 5 boroughs will get their due under her watchful eye. With her architect’s training, artist’s sensibility and knowledge of green infrastructure, she’s the right person at the right time. The New York Times covered the public launch of the initiative; read “Correction Seen After Years of Disinvestment in Neighborhood Parks.” read more

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Bridging the Forgotten River: the 11th Street Bridge Park

When considering what to do with the old piers of the 11th Street Bridge in Southeast Washington, DC, Harriet Tregoning (LF ‘04) formed a simple yet inspired vision: an elevated civic space that would both physically and metaphorically connect the two sides of the Anacostia River. This seed of an idea by Tregoning, then director of planning for DC and now director of the HUD Office of Economic Resilience, has sparked  widespread interest, and the city and its residents have joined the movement to build the 11th Street Bridge Park. read more

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Feminism on Wheels

It’s not surprising that Loeb offspring would have exceptional interests and activities. Sky Kalfus, the “leftist-vegetarian-hipster-feminist daughter” of Inga Saffron (LF ’12) and Ken Kalfus, is an Oberlin grad who has pushed back against the prevailing male-dominated culture of skateboard parks. Here’s the skinny in the Temple News. See the Shred the Patriarchy website for more. read more

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Vandewarker Captures In-Demand Boston

In case there were doubts that Boston has become a hot real estate market, Peter Vanderwarker’s (LF ’97) photos for a recent story in Architectural Record will put them to rest. “In-Demand Cities,” details the city’s ongoing building spree and the evident challenges–gentrification, the decline of affordable housing and the pricing out of middle income families–associated with being so attractive. The other profiled cities facing these pressures are Portland, Oregon, and New Orleans, for which Maurice Cox (LF ’02) puts the current situation in context.

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