LGBT Freedom Trail in San Francisco

When journalist Elizabeth Zach set out to trace the sites of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history in San Francisco she found Donna Graves (LF ’10) a worthy tour guide. Graves, a public historian with the National Park Service, has studied the Bay Area’s gay historic sites, part of a survey NPS has been conducting throughout the country. Her knowledge will come in handy for the Loeb Fellowship’s upcoming Bay Area Fall Study Tour. Read “Uncovering Gay History in San Francisco.” read more

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Principles of Ethical Redevelopment

At the University of Chicago Place Lab, close examination of Theaster Gates’s (LF '11) work on Chicago’s South Side is yielding a set of Principles of Ethical Redevelopment for “shifting the value system read more

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Power to the People

Successful community engaged design requires both empowerment and disruption, writes Toni Griffin (LF '98) on the National Endowment for the Arts blog. Griffin, the founder of Urban Planning for the American City, partnered with the Surdna Foundation and the NEA to facilitate Designing Equity. The one-day convening brought together designers, educators, funders and activists to discuss the current and future state of community engaged design. Griffin’s takeaways from the convening: the necessity of respect for impacted communities, the importance of local ownership, and the crucial role of disruption in the mostly white design field.

Read her report and watch the video from the convening Designing Equity: Thoughts on Community Engaged Design (Deanna Van Buren–LF '13–has a cameo). read more

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Edward Morris and Susannah Saylor Win 2016 Awards

This year Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (LF ’09) have received 2 significant honors for their work addressing climate change, extinction, food systems, and water resources. They are recipients of the 8th Annual Art/Act Award and Exhibition from the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California, and a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship in photography.

Sayler and Morris cofounded the Canary Project–interdisciplinary art and media focused on ecology–and are faculty members in the Syracuse College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Department of Transmedia. The Syracuse University website has the story.

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The Art of Urban Planning, Newark Style

Residents are flocking to the Newark Public Library to pore over a vast scale model that represents their homes, schools, businesses, and other familiar places in present day Newark. Dedicated to Every Block in Newark, an exhibition celebrating the 350th anniversary of the city, was co-directed by Damon Rich (LF ’07) read more

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London Olympic Legacy

Camilla Ween (LF ’08) worked until 2011 for Transport for London, advising the mayor on land use development. Having had both feet in the planning process for the 2012 Olympics plus the benefit of hindsight, she delivers a thoughtful appraisal of the impact of these games on the city and what differentiates them from Olympics before and since. read more

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Birnbaum on the Presidential Library Site

Charles Birnbaum (LF '98) responds to the announcement that the Obamas have settled on Jackson Park in Chicago for the site of the presidential library. He's not neutral. Read his blog in the Huffington Post: "The Obama Library Is Going in Jackson Park - What That Means."

Photo courtesy of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.
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Doebele Fellow in DC

For his Doebele Fellowship, Andrés Quinche (MUP, MLA '19) has been working with the District of Columbia Office of Planning’s Urban Design team on several projects, one of which is exploring the historical significance and impact of building projections and architectural articulations.  The research will inform the argument for the continued importance of these architectural features and need for regulation. Quinche is also working on a pedestrian study in the neighborhood of Anacostia, and several weeks ago presented design proposals for a new LGBTQ commemorative park for Whitman-Walker Health. And met David Adjaye. Read what he’s been up to since.

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Urban Dirt and Design–Chapter 2

Doebele Fellow Charlotte Leib (MLA '18) and Barbara Knecht (LF ‘93) have an aggressive schedule for completing an Urban Farm Design Manual, commissioned by the Urban Farming Institute of Boston. By mid-August, they are aiming to have a full illustrated manuscript, which, when published, will provide farmers with creative strategies for designing farms in cities, while helping policymakers to understand the value of urban farming for healthy communities. Despite the upcoming project deadline, Leib took the time to blog about the process and what they are learning. read more

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Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum, 7/21-10/30

To inaugurate Theaster Gates's (LF '11) new exhibit, How to Build a House Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is throwing a free house party today from 8 p.m. to midnight. The party will feature a preview of the exhibition and a performance by celebrated Chicago House DJ Terry Hunter. read more

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