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Zaha Hadid discussed recent projectsboth realized and unrealized—with a packed house at Wednesday night's lecture, "10 Years Later."

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TThe initial results of the MIT Case Competition 2013 were released this afternoon, and GSD students have made the semi-finals. Two teams of MDesS students concentrating in Real Estate and the Built Environment have been invited to submit proposals and compete before judges and industry professionals. Jason McAlees, Dylan Lazovik, Andrea Raynal and Carly Jane Zapernick are on the first year team. The second year team includes Julie Zelermyer, Andre White, Vaibhav Jain and Min Zhou.

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Timothy Hyde (associate professor of architecture) has published his essay “Piles, Puddles, and Other Architectural Irritants” in the current issue of the journal Log. The latest in a long sequence of proposed ideas for the renovation of the Southbank Centre in London has just been presented to the public. Hyde examines this persistent desire to “fix” the brutalist icon in order to speculate on the possible significance of ugliness for a metropolitan audience.

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Martin Bechthold and Mark Mulligan are headed to the Kyoto International Design Symposium where they’ve been invited to present work highlighting the GSD’s pursuit of interdisciplinary design research and the role of technology as a catalyst to open new avenues for design practice and design research.

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Performance artist Marina Abramović and architect Shohei Shigematsu discuss their vision for a new arts institute in Hudson, NY.

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A team representing the GSD, Harvard School of Public Health and Kennedy School has secured an honorary mention in the 2013 Hult Prize competition for creatively using design as the medium for social entrepreneurship to address food insecurity in urban slums. The team (from left in the photo above) included Venkata Krishna Kumar Matturi, Conor O'Shea and Ghazal Jafari (MDesS candidates) working with Yogeeta Manglani (MSc, HSPH) and  Varun Bhandari (MPA, HKS).

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Lukas Pauer and Lin Ye (both MLAUD '14) have been invited to speak on their work “Rescaling Watersheds: On Shanghai’s Water Infrastructure” at the 7th International Association for China Planning Conference at Shanghai Jiao Tong University from June 29 to July 1.

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The Harvard Graduate School of Design announces the appointment of Grace E. La (MArch ‘95) as Professor of Architecture, effective July 1, 2013.

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The International Garden Festival at the Jardins de Métis of Quebec recently announced the selection of “Smart Small,” an entry by Niall Kirkwood, (professor of landscape architecture and technology), Jonghyun Baek (MLA '10) and Yongkyu Kim (visiting scholar 2009-2010), as one of six competition winners.

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“Out/Inside(rs),” a comprehensive show of the work of Krzysztof Wodiczko (professor in residence of art, design and the public domain), opened last week at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague. The exhibit is the artist’s first in the Czech Republic and includes documentation of his projections on public buildings throughout the world and other installations.

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