GSD students transformed a parking space on Cambridge Street into a miniature park for national Park(ing) Day on September 21. It quickly filled with community members who stopped to talk, play music and eat free ice cream.
Xiaoxuan Lu (MLA ’12 and senior landscape researcher, GSD Center for Technology and Environment) details her “beautiful and clever strategy” for cleaning up the bomb-scarred landscape of Laos and mitigating the effects of gold mining in an interview in Co.Exist. Her project “Mining/Demining” won a 2012 ASLA Award of Excellence. Read “Cleaning Up Unexploded Bombs By Turning Them Into Gold Mines.”
On September 15, first year MUPs and MAUDs took an introductory bus of tour Boston led by Alex Krieger (professor in practice of urban design) and Jim Stockard (curator of the Loeb Fellowship). The tour focused on parts of the city that many tourists and Bostonians do not visit and provided students from the two programs a chance to interact.
There will be a strong MDesS presence at the 2012 Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) conference in San Francisco on October 18-21.
Xiaowei Wang (MLA ’13) has created a public art event that’s also a pollution monitoring project for notoriously smog-ridden Beijing. Wang took advantage of the tradition and beauty of kite flying in China to enlist kite enthusiasts in mapping air quality.
Eve Blau (adjunct professor of urban planning and design) and Rafael Moneo (Josep Lluis Sert professor of architecture) are among the distinguished jurors for the design competition for M+, Hong Kong's future museum for visual culture. Architectural firms wishing to compete must submit an Expression of Interest by October 15.
Burcin Becerik-Gerber (DDes '06) has been appointed to the Stephen Schrank Early Career Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Southern California