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Felipe Correa, Assistant Professor and Director of the Urban Design Program, will speak at Universidad de la República in Montevideo (Uruguay) on April 13th. His lecture will focus on resource extraction within the South American continent and its effects on current urbanization processes.  The lecture will also mark the launch of theSouth America Project Research Workshops to be carried out in Montevideo throughout the next two years.

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Professor Kiel Moe has been awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Summer 2012. Founded in 1907, the MacDowell Colony is the nation’s leading artist colony. The Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.

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A new lab building designed by Toshiko Mori Architect will break ground at the Novartis Campus in Cambridge, MA this spring.  

Two recent design commissions include the Peter Freeman Gallery in SoHo, as well as Sean Kelly’s new gallery space in Hell’s Kitchen.  A book about Kelly’s recently completed house in upstate New York, also designed by Toshiko Mori Architect, will be published by Hatje Cantz in the fall.  

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It is with enormous sadness that we announce the recent deaths of Luis Moreno Mansilla and Manuel de Solà-Morales. The unexpectedness of both passings adds to the shock of a great loss.

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The legacy of Manuel de Solà-Morales is extraordinarily important; without a doubt, his multifaceted work revitalized urbanism, creating new and enduring ways of understanding and conceiving the city.

For Manuel, urbanism was a question of ideas and their rigorous application to each specific reality. He saw urbanism as a social product and, as such, the object of complex, controversial political debate, in the framework of which he formulated strategies and projects that cast light on questions of urban space and social use of the agents involved. He proposed a certain autonomy as a guarantee that the city could be better.

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Professor in Residence in Art, Design, and the Public Domain Krzysztof Wodiczko, in collaboration with Julian Bonder (MDesS '96), has recently completed construction of the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France.

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The University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello will present the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture on April 13 to Professor Rafael Moneo.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals are the highest external honors bestowed by the University, which grants no honorary degrees. They recognize achievements of those who embrace endeavors in which Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third U.S. president, excelled and held in high regard. The Medal presentation will be followed with a lecture by Moneo.

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Luis Moreno Mansilla was among the best, if not the best of architects to have passed through my office. His loss leaves behind a valuable body of work now, unfortunately, interrupted. My office must now adjust, but we must trust that our mission will not change. The nuances of Luis’s complex, subtle, and sensitive personality made his contribution as definitive as unpredictable. We will certainly feel his absence.

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