For the last major lecture of the fall semester, the Margaret McCurry Lecture in Design Arts, the GSD community enjoyed an evening with celebrated British sculptor and installation artist Antony Gormley. Gormley creates spaces that encourage active participation with art rather than passive observation, calling into question the exclusivity of art along with art’s relationship to design. read more
Pittsburgh's Mayor-elect Bill Peduto is looking to recruit a highly effective management team for his new administration. This is an important moment for Pittsburgh and its transformation. There is a lot of excitement about having a visionary, progressive leader who has an ambitious agenda and isn't afraid to take on important challenges to move the city forward. Peduto is making an effort to find the best talent in the country through the most open process to date in any American city.
There are many interesting opportunities, including Director of City Planning, on the Pittsburgh is Talent City website. Deadline for applying is December 17, so hurry!
Helen Lochhead calls herself a "small-a” architect because she’s always been interested in the larger context. As director of place development for the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, her talent for breaking down silos and uniting disparate interests to solve problems collaboratively was confirmed in a host of major urban renewal projects and the development of a long range strategic vision for the city.
Within the Loeb Fellowship she finds company with others who have change in their DNA: "Every Loeb Fellow is motivated by something larger than their own interests and how they can activate that to make a difference in the world.” Watch Lochhead’s Video Profile.
Ann Beha’s (LF ’88) firm has been selected by the State Department for a major rehabilitation of the chancery facility and campus at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece. The chancery was originally designed by Walter Gropius with Pericles A. Sakellarios in the late 1950s. read more
At a congressional hearing this week revisiting the 1910 Height of Buildings Act, which governs building limits in D.C., two planning officials who are also Loeb Fellows represented opposing viewpoints. D.C. planning director Harriet Tregoning (LF ‘04) argued for sensible relaxation of the limits to allow for smart growth and accommodate a growing residential population, a position for which she’s been vilified in some quarters ("It's Not Easy Being a Troublemaker Like Harriet Tregoning," 11/12/13). Marcel Acosta (LF ‘01), executive director of the National Capital Planning Commission warned that taller buildings could adversely alter Washington’s "unmistakable and symbolic skyline."
Read about the duel. read more
The news from Derry-Londonderry is that the 4-night Lumiere festival curated by Helen Marriage (LF ’13) was a smashing success, attracting 180 thousand people to see 17 installations around the city, celebrating the power of light. read more
Frequent LOEBlog contributor Camilla Ween (LF ’08) worked for Transport for London for 11 years and was responsible for the planning policy for many of London’s key growth areas. She writes about how the city’s project to transform disused railway infrastructure into a new metro rail/underground is leveraging resources to deliver urban realm renewal. There are lessons for urban infrastructure planners everywhere. read more
Arana Hankin viewed her anthropology background as a vehicle for activism and entered politics poised to make a difference. Recruited by David Patterson to deliver constituent services, she later became manager of several key projects for the Empire State Development Agency. It was Hankin who shepherded the public process of the Atlantic Yards/Barclay Center project, but she began to feel that her work in government was not allowing her to have the impact she wanted. Enter the Loeb Fellowship opportunity and a chance to retool. Watch Hankin’s Video Profile.
Anna Heringer wrote to alert us to the release of the Laufen Manifesto for a Humane Design Culture. It’s presented through the voices of design scholars and practitioners from around the world, including Loebs and friends: Andres Lepik (LF ’12), Christian Werthmann (former GSD chair of landscape architecture, Rahul Mehrotra (chair of urban planning and design), Christian Werthmann (former chair of department of landscape architecture), Martin Rauch (Austrian artist who collaborated on the Mudworks installation), Caroline James (MArch ‘14, Loeblogger and chair of Women in Development) and of course Anna Heringer (LF ’12), along with many others. read more
Angelyn Chandler is an architect with a scientific bent, and she’s found a role matched to her diverse interests and skills. The child of artists, she knew from age 12 that she wanted to be an architect, but her career took an unexpected turn when she took a job at the N.Y.C. Parks Department. Challenges like overseeing infrastructure restoration at Rockaway Beach after Hurricane Sandy, or managing the conversion of Freshkills – once the largest landfill in the world – to parkland, have put her on a steep learning curve. She’s been up for it. Chandler tells her story in the first of our 2013-14 Loeb video profiles.