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The 2013 ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition announced finalists last week, and again once again a team from Harvard is on the list. James Cody Birkey (MDesS), Robert Daurio (MArch), Maynard Hayden Leon (MArch), Cara Walsh (MLA) and Andrew Wisniewski (MLA), advised by Anita Berrizbeitia (professor of landscape architecture and director of the master in landscape architecture degree programs), created Connec+ Minneapolis, a long term development plan for the Downtown East neighborhood.

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In a recent presentation titled “Some Snapshots,” Peter Rowe (professor of architecture and urban design and former GSD dean) gave insight into his vast research on the history of urban housing types and developments in China. The lecture was sponsored by the ChinaGSD student group.

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On March 11 from 12:30-2:00 pm, Toshiko Mori (professor in the practice of architecture) will join Hirotaka Takeuchi (HBS) and Ichiro Kawachi (HSPH and HMS) for the lecture “Japan’s 2011 Disasters Remembered.”

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Timothy Hyde (associate professor of architecture) has produced a new book, Constitutional Modernism: Architecture and Civil Society in Cuba, 1933-1959, which examines the complex entanglements between architecture, planning, and law in the Cuban Republic. The announcement is accompanied by a lecture at the Center for Latin American Studies on February 27th and an exhibit of source materials at the Frances Loeb Library.

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Charles Waldheim, the John E. Irving Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture contributed a chapter “Detroit, Disabitato, and the Origins of Landscape” to an anthology of essays on urban abandonment.

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Sam Seidel (MUP) is interested in innovation. Currently a visiting fellow at the GSD, Seidel is holding a series of events investigating Cambridge’s Kendall Square, one of the world’s most successful innovation clusters.

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Anna Grichting Solder (DDes ’08) has introduced a new publication, Stitching the Buffer Zone: Landscapes, Sounds and Trans_Experiences along the Cyprus Green Line, co-authored with Maria Costi de CastrilloStephanie Keszi and Georgia Frangoudi.

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The architect is no longer an organizer of matter and space, but a designer of systems with multi-layered components and complex relationships. Sanford Kwinter (co-director MDesS and professor of architectural theory and criticism), Panagiotis Michalatos (assistant professor of architectural technology) and Ingeborg Rocker (associate professor of architecture) were at Carnegie Mellon University February 8 and 9 to speak about the the profession's new identity and call to arms at [En]Coding Architecture 2013.

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Florian Idenburg’s (adjunct associate professor of architecture) firm SO - IL and Mass Design Group, founded by Michael Murphy (MArch '11) and Alan Ricks (MArch '10), have been named Emerging Voices 2013 by the Architectural League NY.

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What does it mean to be "at home" in a context where land and space are both limited and contentious?  Some answers may lie in a new publication released by Melany Sun-Min Park (MDesS ’14): HOME + BOUND: Narratives of Domesticity in Singapore and Beyond, co-edited with Lilian Chee.

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