On the Frontiers: Jane Thompson, Design Luminary

Transforming Faneuil Hall into a market space that brings people together around the culture of food; programming miles of Houston’s waterfront in partnership with city officials and flood management; redesigning Grand Central Station district, viewing the whole streetscape as a site. The work of designer Jane Thompson resists easy classification. read more

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Structures for Inclusion 14: Sustaining Community

On Saturday, March 22nd, designers, academics, and innovators–among them a robust contingent of Loebs–gathered for the Structures for Inclusion 14 conference at Parsons the New School for Design in Manhattan. The focus of the conference was the question “What is the future of Public Interest Design?” read more

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Holy Cow Inga Saffron!

Not only the Philadelphia Inquirer but the Loeb Fellowship is a-Twitter with the news that Inga Saffron (LF ’12) just won a Pulitzer for distinguished criticism. The award citation recognized “her criticism of architecture that blends expertise, civic passion and sheer readability into arguments that consistently stimulate and surprise.”

Fans have been sharing their favorite Inga lines, interviewing her and posting photos and some nice tributes. Saffron’s Loeb classmate Aaron Naparstek has collected the best Inga-related comments, photos and links on our Twitter feed @LoebFellowship.

Photo: Bradley Maule via Philadelphia

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Nurturing the Intentional City: Gil Kelley Heads to San Francisco

Gil KelleyGil Kelley (LF ’10) is headed back to San Francisco to become director of citywide planning, where he will oversee urban design and planning policies as well as long-term plans for the city’s future. They’re feeling pretty lucky to get him. read more

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Building Small, Building Community

Monday, March 24 saw the kick-off of the Build Small, Live Large series of events, curated by current Loeb Eli Spevak and presented by the Loeb Fellowship. The series displays the work and perspectives of design and planning leaders who are transforming communities across the country through fine-grained, progressive interventions and placemaking strategies. Lectures by Mark Lakeman, Jason Roberts and Andrew Howard inspired and provoked, with Aaron Naparstek (LF '12) abetting. read more

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Happening at the Fellowship and GSD

Coming Up

4/7 “Build Small, Live Large: Designing for Community, Part II–Pocket Neighborhoods,” brown bag seminar with Ross Chapin and Eli Spevak, 12-2 p.m., Stubbins Room 112.

4/7 “Sharing Spaces and Building Community Where We Live, Work and Eat” lecture with Ross Chapin, Kevin Cavenaugh (Guerrilla Development), moderator–Eli Spevak 6:30-8 p.m., Piper Auditorium.

4/8  “Crowdsourced Real Estate Development: Fundrise.com and the Fair-Haired Dumbbell,” seminar with Kevin Cavenaugh, 12 noon, Gund 124.

See the program description for these events.

4/9 Jane Thompson in conversation with Alexandra Lange, 12:30-2 p.m., Stubbins Room 112.

4/10 India Pierce Lee lectures at the GSD, 6:30 p.m., Piper Auditorium. read more

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bcWORKSHOP Seeking Assistant Director

Dallas-based buildingcommunityWORKSHOP is seeking a second-in-command to direct staff and be the liaison to the Dallas CityDesign Studio. The bcWORKSHOP is a Texas nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design. This is a rare opportunity to join an organization that is already winning accolades: the 2014 SEED Awards, 2013 Rudy Bruner Awards, and 2013 AIA Dallas Awards.

Learn more about the role of Assistant Director.

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Theaster Gates to Deliver 10th Annual Mumford Lecture on Urbanism

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Cynthia Davidson Wins Arts and Letters Award

Congratulations are due Cynthia Davidson (LF '89), who is being honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with one of the 2 Arts and Letters awards made annually to people who "who explore ideas in architecture through any medium of expression." read more

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Leading the Leaders: profile of Deborah Goddard

On a recent spring-like Friday afternoon, Deborah Goddard (LF ‘03) took a few moments from her busy day to reflect on leadership. A Loeb alum and current Alumni Council president, Deborah had plenty of topics to choose from: her shift to a new professional role at MassHousing, her vision for the Loeb Fellowship Alumni Council, or the leadership transition of the Loeb curator. read more

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