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This month, Black Dog Publishing, London will publish a new book by Krzysztof Wodiczko titled The Abolition of War, an insight into the working practice of Wodiczko and the political and social concepts infused in his work. With an extended essay by Wodiczko as the starting point for discussions on war and war-related history and memory, texts from theorists and critics in the field support a parallel forum. 

In March 2012, Wodiczko was awarded the "Feed the World with More Art" 2012 award for "his lifelong inspiring and life-changing work" in New York City. 

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Jinhee Park (Design Critic in Architecture, MArch ‘02) and John Hong (Adjunct Associate Professor, MArch ‘96) of SsD recently completed ‘Cloud,’ an interactive public art piece in Korea’s Heyri Art Valley.

'Cloud' is a permanent light, sound, and sculpture installation that responds to the movement of passersby as well as to the dynamically changing weather patterns of the Heyri Art Valley. Three ethereal canopies come alive when people approach: patterns of changing light and sound invite one to discover new paths under and between them, inspiring impromptu gatherings or even improvised performances. When not responding to people, 'Cloud' enhances the dynamic experience of the weather: detecting temperature, wind, rain, and humidity, the sculpture takes each of these conditions and creates a new link between human and atmosphere through light and sound.

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A joint team representing the GSD and University of Colorado won first prize in the ULI/Gerald Hines Urban Design Competition for their proposal, "Bayou Commons." The master plan was strategically designed to be downtown Houston’s first residential district celebrating cultural diversity and urban lifestyle.

The team consisted of three students from Harvard University (Michael Albert, Master of Landscape Architecture, Anna Cawrse, Master of Landscape Architecture and Victor Perez Amado, Master of Architecture I AP + Master of Architecture in Urban Design) and  two students from the University of Colorado (Chad Murphy, MBA Real Estate and Alex Atherton, MBA Real Estate).

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Kyu Sung Woo (MUD '70) was awarded the Harleston Parker Medal by the Boston Society of Architects and the City of Boston. The annual award recognizes "the single most beautiful building or other structure" built in Boston within the past ten years. The Harvard University Graduate Student Housing building at 10 Akron Street was completed in 2008 with consideration for the specific goals of the university. “Every institution has a different mission,” he says. “It’s interesting and exciting to see how we relate those missions into different buildings. For example, all the dormitories we have done, none of them have the same unit plan or floor plan. It’s not just because of a site being rural or urban or suburban, but also, I think, each university has a different tradition and a different mission.”

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Ingeborg Rocker, Associated Professor and Director of the GSDigital Mediaworkshops and Principal of Rocker-Lange Architects, will speak at the Technische Universität Munich, Department for Architecture on April 20, 2012. 

Her lecture will focus on the historical development of representation technologies and the role these play in design, particularly the digital medium and its impact on conception, representation and fabrication. The lecture will present Rocker's ongoing research project at the GSD, On the Bri(n)ck (2010 and 2009) and her practical and theoretical work on "Serial Multiplicites," of which different design versions have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2010 and other venues. Rocker-Lange Architects' "Density & Openness: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong," is currently exhibited at the Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale curated by Terence Riley.

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Professor Eric Höweler and his firm Höweler + Yoon Architecture won an Annual Design Award from Architect Magazine and a Boston Society of Architects Honor Award for their project Chengdu Sky Courts.

The firm has been invited to participate in the Audi Urban Futures Initiative 2012, a year long research project that speculates on the future of cities and mobility.

Having recently completed the Boston Society of Architects headquarters BSA Space, the project has been published in Architectural RecordDomusThe Architect's Newspaper and Architecture Boston. 

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Professor Anita Berrizbeitia participated in Writing Landscape: Criticism Now, a symposium sponsored by UPSTATE: A Center for Design, Research, and Real Estate at Syracuse University School of Architecture. The symposium explored the role of criticism in the design, reception, and dissemination of landscape in contemporary culture.

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Cloud Terrace, a new temporary installation by landscape artists Andy Cao (LF '11) and Xavier Perrot, recently opened at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. Clouds sculpted from chicken wire dangle 10,000 loaned Swarovski crystals creating the effect of gathered raindrops over the property's Arbor Terrace. John Beardsley, Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at the GSD and Director of Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, says temporary installations “breathe new life into these landscapes,” which are “living works” no matter how historic. The commission developed from Cao's visit to the institute as a Loeb fellow in 2011.

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Erika Naginski has been appointed the Robert Sterling Clark Professor for 2012-2013. The Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professorship at Williams College and the Clark Art Institute brings to campus a distinguished art or architectural historian to teach at the graduate and undergraduate level and circulate in the  intellectual community. Previous Clark Professors have included Robin Kelsey (Harvard University), Michael Cole (Columbia University), and Harry Francis Malgrave (IIT College of Architecture).

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