Join Sasaki Associates for a concluding reception celebrating Echoes of the City, an exhibition about
the making of Janet Echelman's (LF ‘08) As If It Were Already Here, her sculpture adorning the Boston Greenway. read more
The 5 finalists selected to design a national World War I memorial on the site of Pershing Park in Washington, DC, are expected to be made public today. The announcement was delayed for a week, perhaps because of international outcry about the failure to prioritize preserving Pershing Park, designed by Modernist landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg with plantings by Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden. In a Q & A with Architect, Charles Birnbaum (LF ’98) provides some background to the controversy read more
The Loeb Fellowship has an extra reason to hail its anniversary this October: 45 years of bringing together accomplished mid-career design practitioners for a transformative year at the Harvard GSD. Loeb alumni, gathering from around the world in Cambridge, will start the reunion with some creative disruption when Swoon addresses the GSD community on October 22. read more
Alexandra Lange (LF ’14) visited Buffalo, NY, a notorious rust belt city, and found that the populace is grabbing the bull by the horns and embracing its industrial history. In its landmarks, architecture and parkland, she writes, “Buffalo has good bones.” Moreover, civic leaders have realized that “Aesthetics are not incidental to why people stay in, and move to, shrinking cities.” Take a tour with Lange through “A Buffalo Case Study: Can Architecture Bring a City Back?” It’s part of her Critical Eye series for Curbed.
Maurice Cox (LF ’02) laid out his vision for the future of Detroit in a recent forum in the city (and incidentally made a great case to anyone thinking of applying to be his deputy director.) Read “Walkability, historic preservation, and equity priorities for Detroit's new planning director” or scroll down to learn more about the job opportunity.
Maurice Cox (LF ’05), Detroit’s new Planning & Development Department director, is on the lookout for a deputy director who will help him build a new planning department and help transform a great American city. This is an exciting time for Detroit and an exceptional opportunity for someone who deeply believes in the principles of social impact design: that everyone deserves to live in a socially, economically and environmentally healthy community. Cox is charged with significantly increasing the presence of proactive planning in Detroit by growing his department over the next few years. Are you the person to work with him to shape the future of Detroit? Read the job description.
Julio César Pérez-Hernández (LF '02) sees advantages and risk in the fact that his home country of Cuba largely avoided the urban renewal phase of the 20th century. While Havana’s building stock is in notorious disrepair, it’s still largely intact. But while the US debates ending its 55-year embargo, capital is flowing into Cuba through business partnerships from other countries. Pérez-Hernández is watching the developments closely as he takes an active role in planning to preserve the cultural heritage. Read about it in “Is Cuba the Next Emerging Market for American Architects?”
Photo by Louise Enoch