The Right Question: Class Day Speaker Rick Lowe

A defining moment can be as simple as the right question. When a high school student challenged Rick Lowe (LF ’02) to show solutions instead of problems in his art, it set Lowe on the path to conceiving Project Row Houses, his signature accomplishment. In that spirit, in his class day speech on Wednesday, he asked graduating GSD students to think about “how we assign value and how we uncover value in individuals and society,” and he challenged them to exercise and hone their craft “in ways that have meaning in society.” Read more in Harvard Magazine.

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Boston Living with Water: Final Awards Reception

Winners and participants in the Boston Living with Water design competition will be celebrated at a reception with Mayor Martin Walsh and Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew A. Beaton. After the winners are announced, competition jurors will share insights and impressions in a lively public discussion. Thaddeus Pawlowski (LF 15) and his No Building is an Island GSD student team have fingers crossed.

When: June 8, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Learn more and register.

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Bruner Award Finalist: Grand Rapids Downtown Market

After visiting Quixote Village in Olympia, WA, the Bruner Foundation team flew to western Michigan to visit another of the five 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence finalists. Read about it in “Site Visit: A Grand Rapids Market That Promotes Local Food and Healthy Lifestyles.”

Photo courtesy of Mike Buck
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Susan Rademacher Named to ASLA

Susan Rademacher at Mellon ParkSusan Rademacher (LF ’87) parks curator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, has been named honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects for “achievements of national or international significance.” She joins a distinguished group of non-landscape-architect members, including Jimmy Carter, Colin Powell, Ladybird Johnson, Robert Redford and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. read more

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AASU Prompts Some Professional Soul-Searching

The recent article in Aljazeera about inFORMing Justice and the GSD African American Student Union mentioned the dearth of urban design courses that deal with race and social justice. It caught the eye of the Atlantic’s City Lab, which reached out to architects and designers to imagine a course devoted to these issues. Read “There Are No Urban Design Courses on Race and Justice, So We Made Our Own Syllabus.”

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David Slovic Sticks Out

Whisper, an exhibit by David Slovic (LF '82) is on display at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts now through November 15. Slovic, a former architect, manipulates masking tape to achieve disarming 3-dimensional effects "reflecting ideas of contemplation and ritual." See the show.

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Thaddeus Pawlowski Speaks at BSA 5/21

Thaddeus Pawlowski will be at the Boston Society of Architects this Thursday to discuss lessons about resilience learned in NYC government before and after Sandy and to describe his work with students to apply these lessons for the Living with Water competition.

Future Shores, working with neighborhoods to build resilience

When: May 21, 6:30–8:00 pm

Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

The talk is free and open to all. Register here.

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Urban Parks: The New Battleground in the Reviving City

The Loeb Fellowship welcomed architecture critic and passionate urbanist Inga Saffron (LF ‘12) to give the 10th annual Loeb lecture last week, the final GSD lecture of the year. Loeb fellows past and present joined the GSD community in Piper Auditorium for Urban Parks: The New Battleground in the Reviving City. read more

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bcWorkshop Seeks Managing Director

bcWorkshop, a Texas based community design nonprofit that improves the livability and viability of communities, is seeking a Managing Director. With headquarters in Dallas and 2 other field offices, bc’s architects, planners and designers tackle city and neighborhood planning, housing, transportation, resource consumption, data systems and health. The firm is well-regarded for its deep commitment to community engagement, collaborative design work and social media and educational outreach.

Read the position specifications and apply to

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inFORMing Justice Gets National Attention

Aljazeera America covered the event with a thoughtful report. Read "Public unrest sends urban designers back to drawing board."

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