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Steve Reich discussed WTC 9/11 and other work during a conversation at the Graduate School of Design on March 25.

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The Hotel Okura, a landmark modernist hotel in Tokyo designed by Yoshiro Taniguchi and Hideo Kosaka, is slated for demolition in advance of the 2020 Olympic Games. But not if Tomas Maier, creative director of Bottega Veneta (which recently announced a general effort to preserve Japan’s modernist architecture) and Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture Toshiko Mori have anything to do with it.

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Eve Blau, adjunct professor of the history of urban form, spoke at the Japan Society in New York on April 1, 2015. 

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The Harvard Gazette just profiled Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, of the Paris-based firm Lacaton & Vassal. Last week the two gave an inspiring, "poemlike" lecture, "Freedom of Use," on their practice, ethos, and influences. 

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Today, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design announced the finalists of the 2015 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 grant awarded annually to a single architect to support travel-based architectural research.

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The Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative has just published its Black Lives Matter dossier, edited by Jonathan Massey and Meredith TenHoor with Sben Korsh, and featuring the work of current student Héctor Tarrido-Picart (LA and MUD '15).

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Team Better Block recently received a $155,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to pursue an innovative project in Akron, Ohio. They’ll be converting excess housing stock in a Bhutanese neighborhood into boutique hostels and cultural hubs utilizing the Airbnb platform. Loeb Andrew Howard, co-founder of Team Better Block, describes the project in the LOEBlog.

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Riki Nishimura MAUD '03 realized that he had a curiousity about cities at a very young age. He travelled extensively as a child as a result of his family's work, and from the windows of airplanes he looked out over landscapes to imagined cities of his own design.

 

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While GSD students in Cambridge were enduring record snowfall, Josep Lluís Sert Council members were in sunny California touring the work of Eric Owen Moss MArch '72. On February 24th, a group of nearly twenty alumni and friends gathered at the studio of Eric Owen Moss Architects (EOMA) in Culver City for a first-hand look at Moss’s work and vision.

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As part of the lecture "Expeditions in the Contemporary City," Gang focused on the post-industrial city, tall buildings, and a new definition of technology.

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