The conversation about Good Intentions and the Aesthetics of Privilege (Loeb Lecture as group discussion 2016) continues in NextCity's "How Community-Engaged Design Is Changing Development." The article cites Project Row Houses' efforts to support neighborhood control of future development in Third Ward Houston (Rick Lowe, LF '02), and looks at the work of Toni Griffin (LF '98 and professor in practice of Urban Planning) and Deanna Van Buren (LF '13). read more
Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago -- the 2009 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions--seeks a new CEO to lead its work to transform America’s cities into equitable communities. Through analysis, policy change, demonstrations, strategic partnerships, and creative use of markets, CNT demonstrates strategies to make cities more economically and environmentally sustainable. The CEO will lead the current program focus on economic development and poverty reduction, climate resilience, and urban analytics and drive the vision of social transformation. See the complete job posting.
The Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design is pleased to announce the 2017 class of Loeb Fellows. This year’s diverse group of outstanding professionals is disrupting political exclusion in refugee camps, overturning longstanding social inequities in rust-belt cities, democratizing telecommunications infrastructure, and raising design expectations in the cities of Ethiopia. They are helping elders contribute to climate resilient communities, restoring the natural hydrologic ecosystems in cities, and promoting environmental justice and food security. read more
LOEBlogger Azzurra Cox (MLA1 ’17) has made us proud: the Landscape Architecture Foundation has named her a 2016 National Olmsted Scholar. The $25,000 graduate prize will enable Cox to continue her research to develop a vision for the revival of Greenwood Cemetery, an endangered heritage landscape and the first nondenominational commercial cemetery for African Americans in the St. Louis area. Learn more.
As the first American woman to win the arcVision 2016 Women and Architecture Prize, Jennifer Siegal (LF '03) now has a new platform from which to talk about her important work: the jury called her “a fearless pioneer in the research and development of prefabricated construction systems.” read more
On June 8, Architectural Record brings together architects, designers, materials experts, and other key design practitioners who have generated a range of imaginative solutions to problems in our rapidly changing world. See the program and register to join the design and technology thinkfest in San Francisco.
Landscape master Adriaan Geuze has tweaked the topography of Governor’s Island in NYC to increase the suspense and drama of views that frame the Statue of Liberty and encompass Brooklyn, lower Manhattan, Jersey City, and Staten Island. In her first print article for the New Yorker, Alexandra Lange (LF ’14) traces the island’s transformation from an Army and Coast Guard base into an international rock star among public parks. She also describes how a boyhood “hanging around in the landscape” sparked Geuze’s love of nature and playful, unexpected infrastructure. He’s an ideal subject for a writer and critic fascinated by the way we live and play. Read “Play Ground: How a Dutch landscape architect is reinventing the park.”
Photo: Timothy Schenck for Governor's Island blog
HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development has launched the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million design competition to generate innovative ideas for expanding opportunities for play throughout communities’ built environments. From May 3 through May 31, government entities, nonprofit organizations, collaborative networks, and individuals may submit read more
This summer Doebele Fellows situated in government, museum and policy settings will be deepening their understanding of how urban farming, arts and culture, and socially responsible design can advance equity and justice. It’s the 4th year of the William A. Doebele Fellowship in Community Design, endowed by LOEB alumni for the 40th Anniversary of the Fellowship in 2010 read more
If you subscribe to the Journal of the American Planning Association you’ll be able to read “Tangible Benefits from Intangible Resources: Using Social and Cultural History to Plan Neighborhood Futures,” a study written by Donna Graves (LF ’10) and James Buckley of MIT. Finding that traditional historic preservation, with its emphasis on physical assets, often fails disadvantaged communities, the authors advocate a shift in thinking and practice to cultural preservation, which can “strengthen existing social and cultural minority communities rather than abetting their displacement.” Next City and the APA blog both offer summaries. read more