Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum, 7/21-10/30

To inaugurate Theaster Gates's (LF '11) new exhibit, How to Build a House Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is throwing a free house party today from 8 p.m. to midnight. The party will feature a preview of the exhibition and a performance by celebrated Chicago House DJ Terry Hunter. read more

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Brett Moore, After the Fellowship

Some Loebs take a little time to decide their next move when the Loeb Fellowship year concludes. For Brett Moore (LF '16), opportunity came knocking midway through the year, and he credits the Fellowship with helping him know he was ready and prepared for a new challenge.

Moore’s new title is Chief of Shelter and Settlements for the UNHCR–the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees–operating out of Geneva. In Geneva he will have around 22 staff, along with additional regional and national staff in their respective locales. It won’t be new for him to spend 40 percent of his time in travel.

As he was winding down his time in Cambridge, Moore talked with me about his new role and contemplated the Loeb year he’d just completed. The following is excerpted from his comments. read more

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A Comprehensive Approach to Dementia

Hearthstone Alzheimer care healing gardenIn a recent article in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, John Zeisel (LF '71) and his coauthors advocate a new term, “ecopsychosocial,’’ for the full range of nonpharmacological approaches that improve functioning and reduce the negative consequences of dementia for the individual, family, and society. Design interventions for residential and community settings are an important part of the picture. The paper’s title says it all: “Ecopsychosocial Interventions
in Cognitive Decline and Dementia:
A New Terminology and a New Paradigm.”

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Inga Saffron on 'Architecture’s Odd Couple'

In the recent issue of the New York Times Book Review, Inga Saffron (LF ’12) reviews Hugh Howard’s dual biography of Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. She turns her critical eye on Howard’s claim that, despite their prickly relationship, the architects spurred each other’s growth and creativity. Saffron is not convinced. Read “In ‘Architecture’s Odd Couple,’ It’s Philip Johnson vs. Frank Lloyd Wright.”

Images: (L) Philip Johnson's Glass house, photo by Carol M. Highsmith; (R) Frank Lloyd Wright's Weltzheimer Johnson House, photo by Dirk Bakker
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Seeking ED for TACC

The American City Coalition, “an independent voice working to improve quality of life and access to opportunities in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty in Boston and throughout the Northeast,” is conducting a nationwide search for an Executive Director. Candidates with a commitment to the success of cities and to equitable and sustainable neighborhood revitalization are encouraged to apply. Read the job posting.

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Urban Park Rebirth

Charles Birnbaum likes what he sees as he surveys the state of urban parks. He characterized some of his current favorites, which he called “new,” “radical,” even “revolutionary,” in a recent article for the Huffington Post. We are experiencing a heyday for parks, he contends, because of forward thinking officials, savvy and resourceful advocates and supporters, and heightened public interest and involvement. Read “Urban Parks: From Dumping Grounds to Centers of Energy.”

Photo courtesy  of Kate Anderson.
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Chief Sustainability Officer, Newark

The City of Newark is recruiting a Chief Sustainability Officer who will work closely with an interdepartmental Sustainability Team drawn from key city departments, the Newark Environmental Commission, community partners, and businesses. The team is charged with achieving a healthier, greener Newark in all five wards. The Sustainability Team will build on the framework of the Newark Sustainability Action Plan, guided by principles of environmental and social justice, to ensure all members of the community benefit from the city’s progress.

Read the job posting. Apply by July 25, 2016 to start in mid-September.

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Doebele Fellow in DC

Shaw-neighborhood in DCDoebele Fellow Andrew Quinche (MUP/MLA 2019) is getting an immersion education in how governmental agencies work and collaborate. Plus he has the satisfaction of knowing his research will contribute to shaping the input from two agencies–the DC Office of Planning and the Department of Transportation–into the process of updating and revising District of Columbia building code regulations. Read his blog post for the Community Service Fellowship Program.

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The Loeb Year in Review

The 46th Loeb Fellowship year was marked by important milestones, not least of which was a changing of the guard. In 2015, the Loeb Fellowship welcomed John Peterson, LF ’06, as its new curator. Peterson, the founder of Public Architecture, has played a significant role in defining the concept of “public interest design” and integrating philanthropy with social innovation and design. He introduced his vision of equity, sustainability, and social justice at the Loeb Fellowship 45th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni Reunion in Boston last October, attended by over 190 Loeb alumni. Keynotes by Swoon and Michael Kimmelman drew overflow audiences.

It was also a stellar year for learning and achievements by the 2015-16 Loebs. read more

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Border Crossing

When journalist Patti Brown (LF ’10) covered the annual cross border musical event called Fandango Fronterizo in San Diego and Tijuana, her Loeb connection with Jim Brown (LF ’09) and his wife Isabel netted her a place to stay and an insider’s view of Friendship Park. That’s the Newspeak name for the space around the border fence–which Jim Brown has been working to make into a true bi-national park–where the fandango takes place. Patti Brown wrote that the event was “a heady mix of joyful fiesta and sober political statement.” Read her article, “Sharing Music Across the U.S.-Mexico Border’s Metal Fence.”

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