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The Harvard GSD fall lecture program will start this Thursday evening, September 4, with a lecture by architect Bjarke Ingels. Among other highlights of this semester...

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GSD Alums in PID

Aug 25, 2014

Among the “9 Women Who Are Rocking Public Interest Design” listed in Architizer last week are 3 GSD alums and a Loeb Fellow. Liz Ogbu (MArch ‘04), Marika Shioiri-Clark (MArch ’11), Chelina Odbert (MUP ’07) and Deanna VanBuren (LF ’12) are in practice, in academia and even in prisons–building, convening, researching and listening to the needs of communities to tackle social problems on every continent. Read more about them.

Photo courtesy of Lee Romney, LA Times.

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Gia Wolff (MArch ’08) can draw a line from her interest in “spectacle, performance, scale and experience”–which she explored in her GSD thesis project–to her winning 2013 Wheelwright Prize proposal, to her current installation in the Tate Modern’s “Up Hill Down Hall: An indoor carnival.”

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Harvard Design Magazine is pleased to announce the inaugural issue of its redesign, “Do You Read Me?” Launched at the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, this issue celebrates the magazine’s new orientation carried out by recently appointed editor in chief Jennifer Sigler at the helm, together with associate editor Leah Whitman-Salkin and creative director Jiminie Ha (With Projects, Inc.).

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In an article for Architectural Record, writer Bryony Roberts cites the Critical Conservation program at the GSD as evidence of a trend toward adapting and transforming existing buildings in highly nuanced ways that challenge the user’s experience of the structure and its history. Rick Lowe (LF ’02) and Project Row Houses in Houston are part of the vanguard.

Read “Beyond Gordon Matta-Clark.”

Image courtesy of modpod, a project of Project Row Houses

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Rahul Mehrotra (professor of urban design and planning and chair of urban planning and design) views architecture as the expression of the aspirations of society. In his teaching he advocates for design that connects all strata of society and chips away at inequities, and he practices what he preaches. Watch a video interview by ArchDaily.

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Ecosistema Urbano, the firm of Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo (design critics in architecture), has been awarded 1st prize in the international competition for the Master Plan to redefine the historic downtown of the city of Asunción, Paraguay.  Details and photos in ArchDaily and on the Plan CHA website or read a translation of the proposal.

Photo courtesy of la Secretaría Nacional de Cultura

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