We had just gotten our inspiration fix at a GSD lunchtime event organized by Women in Design to commemorate International Women’s Day, when we found an email from Anne-Marie Lubenau (LF ’12) calling our attention to a relevant bit in ArchDaily. It concerns The Missing 32% Project, which has created a survey to address the gap between the percentage of women architecture students (50%) and women in practice (18%). Learn more, take the survey, be part of the solution.
During their trip to Mexico City and environs with Diane Davis and Jose Castillo’s studio Retrofitting the (post?) Industrial Metropolis, each Loeb Fellow viewed the fascinating metropolis through a personal lens. Alexandra Lange saw planes and surfaces, textures and above all colors. As she writes in her Design Observer blog, her “desire for everyday bling” was sated.
Loebs Brenda Case Scheer (LF ’90) and James Brown (LF ’09) are among the 139 American Institute of Architects members elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows this year for their contributions to architecture and society and achievements of excellence. read more
One does not typically associate criticism with Valentine’s Day, but in an unconventional turn of events, this past February 14th marked the final day of the What Criticism? symposium at the GSD. Organized by current Loeb Florencia Rodriguez and sponsored by the Fellowship, the symposium sought to untie what architectural criticism means today and what it holds for the future. read more
Josephine Ramirez (LF ‘00) wants to make it clear that while it’s easy to give money away, it’s not quite as easy to give money away well. That is the mission for the arts program director at the California-based Irvine Foundation: to promote inclusive engagement in the arts through impactful and strategic financial support for arts-based initiatives in the state. “We’re not here to say ‘Oh, you do some good work–here’s some money.’ We think this very specific change needs to happen in the world, and we are going to partner with those who are going to help us achieve the goal that we’ve set out.” read more
Visiting lecturer Ricky Burdett brought the world’s cities to center stage on Tuesday evening in his public lecture, part of the GSD’s yearlong Cities by Design course. Among his many titles, Burdett is professor of urban studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, deputy head of the department of sociology and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme, an international investigation. His global perspective is matched by his longtime work in London, as chief adviser on architecture and urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics, adviser to the Olympic Legacy Park Company, as well as architectural adviser to the mayor of London from 2001 to 2006. read more
Are you committed to public interest design and looking for a chance to live your passion? Interested in the opportunities and challenges the City of New Orleans represents? Tulane City Center is seeking a new Assistant Director to work closely with director Maurice Cox (LF ’05), advancing the initiatives of the Center and guiding its evolution into a one-stop shop for design and community development in New Orleans. Applications are being accepted through March 30, with an anticipated start date of June, 1st, 2014. Read the job posting and apply here.
Cynthia Davidson (LF ’89), editor of Log, visited the GSD to deliver the keynote address to the Symposium, What Criticism? created by current Loeb Florencia Rodriguez. On the following morning, twelve students in Women in Design and three Loeb fellows braved a snowstorm to engage in a discussion over breakfast with Davidson. read more
Since the "Legacy City Design: Bruner Loeb Forum 2013" last November we've continued to track thinking and advances in the field through publications like the American Assembly’s Legacy Cities Blog. In a recent article,Todd Swanstrom shares his research on changing neighborhoods in St. Louis. Read "Is Gentrification Different in Legacy Cities?"
Author and journalist Katherine Boo, who spent a week at the GSD as a 2014 Senior Loeb Scholar along (along with her husband Sunil Khilnani, professor of international politics at King’s College, London), dispensed wisdom earned through her years of fieldwork in slums of the US and India at a lecture last Thursday. Her insights are relevant for designers eager to effect social change: “Empathy is a muscle,” she pointed out.
Read a review of her presentation in the Harvard Gazette.