Matthew Kiefer on a Restoration Tragedy

Ten years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, analysts and planners are still mining the lessons to inform better choices in service of equity and resilience. Matthew Kiefer (LF '96) casts his canny eye on the aftermath of catastrophe and suggests some basic principles for responding and rebuilding in “Does restoration trump risk?

Photo courtesy of  Peter Vanderwarker
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A Panel Discussion with Architects and Advocates

Today we are rethinking the culture of architecture. Those who come to the field from diverse backgrounds are inclined to practice architecture in unexpected ways and places. Do they have the potential to disrupt the status quo to move the field forward? An Inclusive Edge, hosted on the occasion of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, will focus on what these practitioners bring to the table that will provide clarity for the future practice of architecture.

Saturday October 3, 2:00-3:00 pm

Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor read more

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Designing Affordability Symposium October 3

designing affordabilityDesigning Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now, curated by Marc Norman (LF ’15) at the AIA New York Center for Architecture, broadens the concept of affordability to encompass lifestyles, incomes and how housing can be designed, constructed and managed at a lower cost. The exhibit, which opened today, is being heralded by a symposium Saturday from 9 am–2 pm at the Center for Architecture.

Learn more and register. Designing Affordability runs through January 16, 2016.

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Better Blocks, Better Boston

team better block revere posterIt’s not too late to get in on the action when Team Better Block stages an intervention in Revere tomorrow and Saturday. And there will be other opportunities coming up in Somerville, Cambridge and elsewhere in the Boston area now that Better Block has a permanent base in the city.

Andrew Howard (LF ’15) was inspired by his Loeb year to open the organization’s first satellite office, situated in Utile Design in downtown Boston and staffed by two Harvard grads, Cristina Garmendia (Masters in Public Policy, HKS) and Hayro Gunc (MAUD, GSD). Read more to keep tabs on their activities or consider starting a partnership with Team Better Block for your community.

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Back to the Ground: Esther Charlesworth at the GSD

“Thank you for a painful and inspiring lecture,” said one of the guests during Q&A for Esther Charlesworth’s “War, Disaster and Design Responsibility” lecture at the Harvard GSD. Indeed, the issues she brought up were as painful as they were revelatory and inspiring to a crowd of designers, students and faculty looking for ways to make their own impact. read more

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Infrastructure for Resilient Cities

The 100 Resilient Cities project sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation has learned a lot about what makes a good CRO–Chief Resilience Officer–since 2013, when it began supporting cities to create and fund this role. 100RC is sharing the lessons it’s been accruing about CROs and strengthening resilient cities in a blog series. Read it.

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Mike Houck: In Commission

Like many Loeb Fellows, Mike Houck likes to stay busy. A Loeb Fellow from 2004, Mike Houck lives, works and birds avidly in his native Portland, Oregon. Houck has long been a tireless and passionate advocate for conservation, urban parks and greenspaces, working with the Audubon Society for many years. Loebblogger Margaret Scott connected with Houck this summer to discuss his volunteer work with the City of Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission, his “lean and green” organization the Urban Greenspaces Institute and his time with the Loeb Fellowship. read more

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Opportunity for China Scholars from the Lincoln Institute

The Annual International Fellowship Program of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's Program on the People's Republic of China is accepting applications from academic researchers working on land policy; urban planning and development; land, property tax and local public finance; housing policy or environmental policy in China. Applications are due by email on October 31, 2015. read more

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Azzurra Cox on Parks on the March in Bolivia

Within a week of arriving in La Paz, Bolivia, for her Penny White Fund Award trip, Loeblogger Azzurra Cox (MLA) knew she had to write about it. She had found herself in “a city-landscape like no other,” traversing the city by cable car, taking in startlingly intense views. read more

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The Person-Power Commute

The idea that a bike and pedestrian path system can alleviate traffic congestion is taking hold in Boston. Matthew Kiefer certainly believes it; he’s part of the force behind the LivableStreets Alliance, which advocates transit that meets the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians as well as cars. The advocacy group was due to announce its proposal for the Emerald Network, a system of newly built and existing paths through the city, at the Tour de Streets annual fund-raiser Saturday. Read more.

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