The Bruner Foundation on the Future of Cities

For the latest installment of its conversation about critical urban issues, the Bruner Foundation reached out to leaders of organizations engaged in the design and development of American cities. They shared their views about the opportunities and challenges facing today’s urban environments, how their organizations are responding and noteworthy initiatives and projects.

Read their insights in Metropolis: “Design Excellence 2015: Part 1” and “Design Excellence: Part 2.”

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Announcing the 2015 Senior Loeb Scholar: Michael Craig-Martin

Each spring the Senior Loeb Scholar brings the perspective of an artistic practice outside the field of architecture to enrich the atmosphere and discourse of the GSD. This year’s Senior Loeb Scholar, Michael Craig-Martin, will be arriving the last week in March. In addition to discussions and meetings with Loeb Fellows and students, he’ll be delivering the annual lecture on March 31 from 6:30-8 pm in Piper Auditorium. read more

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Ann Beha Wins AIA Honor Award

The Cambridge Public Library, designed by William Rawn Associates with Ann Beha (LF ’88), is among the buildings selected this year for the AIA’s Honor Awards for Architecture. The jury called it “the perfect marriage of old and new:” read more

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2015 J-Term Roundup

GSD students, faculty and Loebs use Harvard’s January term as an opportunity to explore areas outside their routine classes and delve into their passions. Current Loebs Thaddeus Pawlowski and Maria Jaakkola and LZ Nunn (LF ’13) worked closely with students on projects with great practical value: heritage landscapes, cultural entrepreneurship and climate resilience. read more

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Andy Altman Returns to DC

The media are hailing the return of “real estate ace” Andy Altman (LF ’99) to Washington, DC, where his earlier vision helped to shape waterfront development and City Center. read more

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Alexandra Lange on Tarnished (AIA) Gold

In calling out the dinosaurs of the AIA for bypassing Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi for the 2015 Gold Prize, Alexandra Lange (LF ’14) highlights larger problems in the field of architecture symbolized by its preeminent professional organization. read more

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Armando Carbonell Elected to UK Academy of Social Sciences

Armando CarbonellArmando Carbonell (LF ’93) was one of 34 new Fellows recently elected to the National Academy of Academics, Learned Societies and Practitioners in the Social Sciences in the United Kingdom. Carbonell was cited as a leader for his international research in land use and taxation. read more

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Chattanooga RFQ–Apply by 1/23

Ann Coulter (LF ’04) alerted us to a deadline coming up next week for a “chance to do some 21st century high bandwidth urban design.”  The city of Chattanooga, Tennessee has issued a RFQ for professional design consultation to design the parks and public spaces of the Miller Park District and oversee the project. Review the specs and application guidelines.

By the way, a RFQ for artists/teams for public art will be issued soon. Check the Chattanooga city website

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Janet Echelman Flying High

Janet Echelman (LF '08) has been named one of 10 extraordinarily creative individuals to receive a 2014 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award. Her astronomical sculptures transform the ways urbanites experience their cities, and stimulate the imagination for creating better environments. Learn more on Smithsonian.com.

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Of Earthworms and Birds: Theaster Gates and Bill T. Jones in Conversation

During Theaster Gates’s (LF ’11) recent public conversation with dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones, Gates warned artists everywhere to beware the “commodifiable moment” of gentrification. In “The Artist and Cultural Spaces” at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts on December 11th, Gates and Jones addressed concerns at the intersection of art production, gentrification, and the built environment. read more

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