The opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture is not the only monumental event on the current DC landscape. The National Capital Planning Commission–headed by Marcel Acosta (LF ’01)–and the Van Alen Institute have announced the winner of the Memorials for the Future competition. Climate Chronograph by team Azimuth Land Craft will be on display in the Hall of Nations at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through October 20, along with all the honorable mentions. More information on the competition website.
The buzz in DC last weekend was all about the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, designed by Phil Freelon (LF ‘90, lead architect) and David Adjaye (lead designer). read more
Designing Affordability, an exhibition on affordable housing curated by Marc Norman (LF ‘14), will debut in Sydney Australia and run from October 6 through November 18, 2016. The exhibition, which first ran at New York City’s Center for Architecture, presents 23 case studies from around the world, which address ways of reducing costs without compromising design quality. read more
From his experience living and working among refugees, Alessandro Petti discusses the “architecture of exile,” and cites some surprising truths about life in the camps.
Emi Kiyota reminds us that elders are resources and assets, and that the one thing we all have in common is getting old.
Greta Byrum is getting to know her Loeb cohort, and already she’s discovered that Emi Kiyota is way out ahead of FEMA in generating resilience strategies to support social infrastructure that meets the needs of communities and of vulnerable residents in the event of disaster. Byrum calls it “a smarter approach to preparedness.” Read her article “The Time to Build Our Social Infrastructure? Right Now.”
Emmanuel Pratt turns to the garden as means and model to implement regenerative placemaking, combat social blight, and redress historical inequities. His emphasis is on "generative."
Submissions are now being accepted for the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, celebrating urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about American cities. Applications are due by December 8. read more
Pallavi Mande was raised in a culture that is intertwined with water, and she's come full circle to advocate for protecting our water resources.
Karen Abrams is looking to dismantle racism by demystifying planning and land use policy and activating youth to take ownership of their communities. And by introducing people to their neighbors.