Seeking Boston Arts Commissioner

The position of Boston Arts and Cultural Affairs Commissioner has been reposted with an application deadline of August 4. For the first time in 20 years, the Commissioner will be a Cabinet-level position, reporting directly to the Mayor. The City of Boston is very interested in assuring a diverse pool of qualified candidates. The full posting is on HireCulture.

Image: "Harbor Fog" by Ross Miller (LF '93)

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Peter Vandewarker on Public Art Panel

Etty Padmodipoetro (LF '06) made a strong case for the benefits of art infusing life in her recent post for Loeb Lab, “The Artful Life.” Now Peter Vanderwarker (LF '97) joins other prominent panelists to discuss the role of public art in shaping and transforming urban spaces. He’ll be at BSA Space on July 28 for “cultureNOW: Does Public Art Create a Sense of Place?” Kind of a trend, right?

Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston
When: July 28, 6-8 pm.
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Photo by Peter Vanderwarker

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Introducing Mark Mulligan, the Loeb Interim Curator

Jim Stockard leaves behind big shoes to fill as he transitions to retirement this month from the curatorship of the Loeb Fellowship. Fortunately for the program, it has a capable and enthusiastic interim curator in associate professor in practice of architecture Mark Mulligan, who will be working in partnership with program coordinator Sally Young for the 2014-15 academic year while the search committee identifies a permanent successor. We tracked Mark down in Japan last week for an email interview about his new role and the year ahead. read more

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Call for Papers: River Cities Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks

The dynamic relationships between cities and their rivers, a landscape of potentially critical adaptability and resilience, is the focus of the 2015 Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks. read more

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Connect Kendall Square Open Space Competition

Inga SaffronInga Saffron (LF ’11) is part of the team that will judge the Connect Kendall Square Open Space Competition. The competition is a unique opportunity to plan and implement a vision for the open space network in this former industrial area that has become a world-renowned center of biotech, high tech research, and innovation.Stage I Submissions are due August 19. read more

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Loeb and GSD alums selected in Branch Library competition

This summer, The Architectural League and the Center for an Urban Future have launched a design study to articulate new architectural, financial, and programmatic possibilities that will unlock the potential of the NYC branch libraries to be essential neighborhood-based resource centers.

An interdisciplinary team including Daniel Hernandez, (LF ’98) of Topology LLC and Michael Murphy (MArch ‘11), executive director of MASS Design Group, is among the 5 winning teams selected to participate in the design study. Learn more on the ArchLeague website.

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Loeb Lab 8: An Artful Life

Etty Padmodipoetro (LF ’06), founder and principal of Urban Idea Lab, grew up in Indonesia, where beauty is felt to be necessary nourishment for life. She offers art, spirituality and beauty as an antidote to a densifying and increasingly stressful world.
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Breaking New Ground Competition for Affordable Housing

Breaking new Gound graphic brandThe California Endowment is sponsoring Breaking New Groundan international design and ideas competition addressing the urgent affordable housing needs of farmworker and service worker families in the Coachella Valley. The competition seeks architectural and policy solutions to re-envision the near-term housing future for this population. The winning entries will embody not only compelling architecture but also social, economic and environmental sustainability and healthfulness for the community. read more

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The Tribal Way: Jamie Blosser on the Santo Domingo Heritage Trail Arts Project

The Santo Domingo Heritage Trail Arts Project, which recently earned a nearly half million dollar ArtPlace America grant, “stemmed from years of work and collaborations that developed into a vision with an exciting scope,” says incoming Loeb Jamie Blosser. She’s a member of the team involved in developing the project and responsible for facilitating its implementation: “It’s tying together many different projects in a beautiful way.” In a recent conversation, Blosser explained how the project evolved and why it’s so important for the Pueblo of Santo Domingo. read more

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Loebs in July Land Lines

The Lincoln Institute’s July 2014 issue of the quarterly journal Land Lines is rich with insights from Loeb Fellows. In “Putting People First: 10 Steps Toward Pedestrian-Friendly Suburbs,” Lynn Richards (LF ’13) provides a guideline for rethinking and recrafting American suburbs to make them better places to live, work and play–not just sleep. read more

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