Echelman’s Echoes, September 17

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

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Nature in the City: an event in honor of Christine Saum, September 24

Christine SaumNature in the City/The City in Nature, a forum in honor of Christine Saum (LF ’08), will be held September 24, hosted by the Loeb Fellowship, the National Capital Planning Commission, the  Mayors' Institute on City Design, and the National Endowment for the Arts. read more
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Loeb Lab 12: New Sources of Capital for Innovative Community Design Efforts

Drew Tulchin (Loeb Affiliate ’15) is expert at leveraging the power of the marketplace for social, community, environmental, and cultural benefit. His roles as managing consultant of UpSpring Social Enterprise Associates, and now senior director of Third Sector Capital Partners have demanded that he be creative about marshaling the resources that enable mission-driven organizations and public initiatives to be successful and sustainable. He describes some of his tools. read more

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Pershing Park Update

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

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Loeb Fellowship 45th Anniversary Lecture: Swoon on the urban impact of collaborative gestures

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

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The Impact of Design in Buffalo

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.

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Vision for Detroit

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.

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Plan the New Detroit with Maurice Cox

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.

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Meet the Loebs September 8-11

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Julio César Pérez-Hernández on the New Old Cuba

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
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