inFORMing Justice, Achieving Equity 4/8

In the wake of events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and around the country, three organizations at the GSD will come together on Wednesday, April 8 to host an interactive conversation about the role of urban design in social justice and equity.  The panel will include Kimberly Dowdell (fellow, Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellowship, HKS), Theresa Hwang (director of Community Design and Planning, Skid Row Housing Trust & adjunct assistant professor, Woodbury University), and Seitu Jones (artist and LF ‘02) moderated by Michael Hays (professor of architectural theory and associate dean for academic affairs.

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Help for Budding Green Communities

The Enterprise Green Communities Criteria–a clear, cost-effective framework for affordable housing development–has been updated in 2015 to include a focus on integrated design. Loeb Jamie Blosser, a former Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, is all for it read more

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Theaster Gates at TED2015

Theaster Gates presenting TED talk at TED 2015The surprise guest at the TED2015 conference in Vancouver this month was (no–besides Monica Lewinsky) Theaster Gates (LF '11), whose talk will inspire both skeptics and believers in the power of design and culture to transform communities. Watch it now, or explore the entire conference schedule.

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Opportunity: Boston Chief of the Streets

The City of Boston is seeking a visionary leader with a strong awareness of urban issues to become the Chief of the Streets. The right candidate will be able to build the infrastructure, team and tools to reimagine and deliver better city services and enhanced mobility opportunities for the next century. Interested? Learn more and apply now; the posting won't be up long.

Photo by Tony Webster
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New Eisenhower Fellowship program announced in China

Eisenhower Fellowships just announced the Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship, which will send eight distinguished mid-career Fellows from the United States to study and experience China in fall 2015. read more

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Deborah Frieden on the Next Creative Renaissance

If you think Burning Man is just about a good time and amazing entertainment in the desert, the Burning Man Global Leadership Conference in San Francisco from April 9 to 12 will explode those assumptions. The conference theme, the Next Creative Renaissance: Buildin’ it up, Bustin’ it Out, and Bringin’ it Home, is aimed at inspiring civic engagement through art and community. A talk by Deborah Frieden (LF ’07) on April 10 highlighting artist-driven and community engaged projects will open the conference. read more

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Rudy Bruner Award Announces Finalists

From the rebirth of a river park to a downtown market to housing for formerly homeless individuals, the 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence finalists continue to demonstrate that quality design can do more than beautify urban areas; it can advance economic and social equity. The Foundation team is on the road, visiting the finalists and compiling detailed case studies, but you can get a look at the contenders right now and follow their progress in the Metropolis Point of View blog. Anne-Marie Lubenau (LF ’12 and director of the Award) will keep you informed.

Photo of Millers Court, Baltimore, courtesy of Billy Michels
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Take the 2015 Fuller Challenge by 3/31

The Buckminster Fuller Institute extends a special invitation to Loebs and FoLs to apply for the annual design competition, the Fuller Challenge. read more

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India Journal: the Artists' Hand

Loeb Fellows Maria Jaakkola and Thaddeus Pawlowski are the kind of designers that walk around with little black sketchbooks. Their drawings provide an alternative view of the Extreme Urbanism trip to Agra, filtered through the artist's eye.

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India Journal: Critical Conservation Reports, Day 9

Noor Boushehri, Maria Letizia Garzoli, Elad Horn, Yunjie Li, Marcus Goodwin and Jane Philbrick, all first-year Masters of Design Studies Critical Conservation students, joined the Loeb Fellows and GSD colleagues in India for Rahul Mehrotra's Extreme Urbanism: Planning for Conservation option studio. The LOEBlog is featuring their impressions from the trip.  read more

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