Loeb Video Profile: Gísli Marteinn Baldursson

Gísli Marteinn Baldursson is the Loeb Fellowship’s first talk show host. He’s also a bicycle warrior who’s been mounting a crusade against urban sprawl and in favor of urban densification in Reykjavík. He successfully campaigned to scrap a planned superhighway in favor of a bicycle superhighway, and during his term on the city council, he championed a Bicycle Master Plan that promotes livable streets. Watch his Loeb Video Profile to understand why heating bicycle lanes makes sense in the world’s northernmost capital.


The Loeb Fellowship initiated the Video Profiles project in 2012 to enable current Loeb Fellows to tell their stories, what motivates them and how the Fellowship has been meaningful for their work. Maggie Janik, GSD Multimedia Producer, and Joanne Nerenberg, Loeb Affiliate ‘12, are directing the project.

See all the current Loebs' Video Profiles.

See Video Profiles of the 2013-14 and 2012-13 Loebs.

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Anthony Flint at National Building Museum, 1/11

Le CorbusierAnthony Flint (LF '01) will be the featured speaker for the National Building Museum’s Portraits in Design series when it focusses on Le Corbusier in January. Flint’s recent publication Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow reconsiders the visionary architect who anticipated the need for urban planning that would address the crowded conditions of modern cities.

When: Sunday, January 11, 2015, 1 - 2:30 PM
Where: National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC
Tickets are required.

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Hillary Brown at the Kennedy School: Damn those Congressional torpedos…full speed ahead!

Hillary BrownHillary Brown (LF ’99) missed her annual Loeb Memorial Lunch because she was otherwise occupied at Harvard, advising new members of Congress about the infrastructure challenges they may be called upon to address during their terms. She was a panelist at the HKS Institute of Politics, and she provides a window into that world. read more

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Loeb Video Profile: Jamie Blosser

Jamie Blosser understood what it means to be an outsider, as well as her own position of privilege, in a new and profound way when she moved from Philadelphia to live and work in the Zuni Pueblo. There, as in other native communities, the legacy of tribal exploitation makes trust a critical issue. Her Rose Fellowship at Ohkay Owingeh near Santa Fe further persuaded her that fundamentally, the community designer’s role is listening and dialogue. Finding a way to share resources and place, she believes, will be the key to our society’s resiliency.

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Loeb Video Profile: Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell’s vision of conservation takes in the environment as well as the human communities that live in it. He’s successfully inserted himself into the rapid-fire, hotly contested development of Colorado with an approach to land and water conservation that is community based and values oriented. While the strategy has had measurable economic benefits, it’s also a must for self preservation for a leader in this high pressure field. Learn more about what keeps him going in his Loeb Video Profile.

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Landscape Ascendant: Charles Birnbaum's year in review

2014 was a watershed year for landscape architecture, in the view of Charles Birnbaum (LF ’98): “This year there was a cultural shift that saw landscape architecture and its practitioners achieve an unprecedented level of visibility and influence.” He takes stock of the achievements and events in the Huffington Post.

Photo of the Frick Garden by Michael Dunn, The Cultural Landscape Foundation 
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Loeb Video Profile: Shahira Fahmy

Shahira Fahmy’s first job after architecture school was on a team surveying and mapping Cairo, where she learned a lot about her home city and how mapping both documents and reveals much about what’s coming next. Her Loeb year occurs at a time of personal exploration to determine how to use her knowledge of architecture for new directions. She’s already branched into product design; next perhaps film or theatre. Among her fellow Loebs she feels part of a team of explorers who, though from very different places, are grappling with similar questions and issues. Find out more in her Loeb Video Profile.

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Loeb Video Profile: Andrew Howard

Impatient with the painstakingly slow traditional planning process, urban planner Andrew Howard envisioned a job where he’d be hired to break the rules, then went about founding Team Better Block so he could do just that. Listening to community members and what they want in their cities is the best education he’s had. He’s in the vanguard creating a new American tradition: well-built places that are welcoming and fun. Learn more about his work in his Loeb Video Profile.

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Loeb Video Profile: Maria Jaakkola

Maria Jaakkola thinks like an artist, and also like a musician, an environmentalist, a landscape architect and an urban planner. This broad viewpoint helps her encompass the “best parts of the city life and best parts of the natural life” in her role as head of the Environmental Office in the City Planning Department of Helsinki. Her Green Areas Strategy is a roadmap for metropolitan development that maintains the harmony of urban texture and marine and forest environment which makes the city unique. Learn more in her Loeb Video Profile.

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Apply for the Loeb Fellowship by January 6

Calling creative people making an impact on the built and natural environment!  Spend a year at Harvard Graduate School of Design taking advantage of the resources, networks and creative ferment that the Loeb Fellowship offers. Applications are due January 6. read more

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