"Urban Equity," the invitational 2014 Bruner-Loeb Forum, will be held in Boston November 5 and 6.
Since 2002 the Loeb Fellowship has partnered with the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence to produce the Bruner Loeb Forum. The goal of the Forum is to advance thinking on a wide variety of challenges facing cities, and to make the experience and imagination inherent in Rudy Bruner Award winners and in the work of Loeb Fellows available to practitioners and policymakers across the country. Each event is produced with local partners, who insure the integrity and relevance of the forum’s structure and agenda.
The 2013 Detroit forum Legacy City Design was an intensive day and a half of touring, contextualization and invention. Planning partners included Detroit Collaborative Design Center of the University of Detroit Mercy, CCNY’s J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City and American Assembly at Columbia University. Read the Legacy City Design Forum recaps on the LOEBlog.
Loeb Fall Study Tour
Each year since 1998 the Fellowship together with a committee of Loeb Fellows from the destination has organized an alumni field trip to a great American city or place. These trips afford a “Loeb’s eye view” of a city. The group is hosted by the local Loeb Fellows, who organize an intensive program of meetings and conversations with city officials, planners, local professionals, artists, cultural leaders and others. Over 600 Fellows have attended these trips and benefited from the insights of the local Loeb Fellows into their places, as well as the innovative projects they and their colleagues have initiated. See the 2013 Twin Cities Study Tour photo essay in the LOEBlog.
Senior Loeb Scholars
A recent initiative of Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, the Senior Loeb Scholars program invites prominent scholars and practitioners whose expertise is outside the normal disciplines of the school, for a short-term residency at the GSD. The central event is a major lecture, however the Scholars also connect with students across disciplines through more intimate and informal seminars and conversations. In addition they spend time with the current class of Loeb Fellows. The 2014 Scholars were Katherine Boo, journalist and author, and Sunil Khilnani, professor of international politics at King’s College, London. See all the Senior Loeb Scholars.
Spring Study Tour
For over 15 years the current class of Fellows has embarked on an international study tour to discover insights from practitioners and projects abroad. The earliest travel was to cities where a Loeb Fellow lived and could host the group, assisting with connections to local officials, university departments and local practitioners. In 2011, when Rahul Mehrotra became chair of urban planning and design, he encouraged the Fellowship to become imbedded in the culture of an option studio, to travel with the students to the site, engage with and mentor students and participate in midterm and final reviews. Since then Loeb classes have joined two studios to Mumbai and three studios to Mexico for a rich experience for both students and Fellows. Read 2014 Loeb Alexandra Lange's blog post about the tour to Mexico City and Celaya. In 2015 the Loeb class will travel with Rahul Mehrotra (professor and chair of urban design and planning) and his studio to Agra, India.
Since 2001, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has chosen one of the newly selected Loebs to engage at the Lincoln Institute as a Lincoln/Loeb Fellow. Each spring the Lincoln/Loeb Fellow delivers a public lecture based on research he or she has completed during the Fellowship year and writes an article for publication in Land Lines magazine. The 2014-15 Fellow is Scott Campbell. Past Fellows have included Helen Lochhead (LF '14), Lynn Richards (LF ’13), Peter Park (LF ’12), Tim Stonor (LF ’11), Gil Kelley (LF ’10)
Annual Loeb Lecture
For the past 10 years a Loeb alum or a close collaborator of the Fellowship has delivered the Annual Loeb Lecture on the Friday before the Annual Meeting in May. Past lecturers have included Barbara Hoidn (LF ’00), Toni Griffin (LF ’98), Carter Wiseman (LF ’85), Rahul Mehrotra (professor and chair of the department of urban planning and design), Reese Fayde (LF ’79) and Cathleen McGuigan (LF '93). In 2014 the lecture was given by retiring Loeb curator Jim Stockard.