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Antoine Picon’s recent book Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity highlights the return of ornament in contemporary architecture and argues the subjective and political implications of ornament throughout history.  

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The Horizon House project created by a team of GSD students is selected to receive top prize in the Retreat in Nature competition and will be built this fall.

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The Harvard Graduate School of Design has announced the appointment of Iñaki Ábalos as Chair of the Department of Architecture.

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Jerold Kayden advises a measured response to the Marathon bombings and serves as a voice for preserving the “public-ness” of public space even as public attention is focussed on security. His reflections and those of other Harvard analysts appear in “How the attack affects our lives” in the Harvard Gazette.

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Farshid Moussavi’s (professor of architecture) firm FMA has won a competition to design a residential complex at Jardins de la Lironde in Montpellier, France.

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The inaugural issue of Landscape Architecture Frontiers, guest edited by Xiaoxan Lu (MLA '12), features an introductory essay by Pierre Bélanger (associate professor of landscape architecture) and writing by Emily Schlickman (MLA '12), Sara Jacobs (MLA '12), and Cathy De Almeida (MLA '11). Chief editor is visiting professor of landscape architecture Kongjian Yu (DDes '95).

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Ling Fan (DDes '14) gave a talk at Princeton University School of Architecture on March 27 as part of the "What I Did Next – Princeton's Alternative Architectural Practices" lecture series.

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Last week the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced the recipients of its 2013 architecture awards. Sanford Kwinter (professor of architectural theory and criticism and co-director, master in design studies program) is being recognized for contributing to “ideas in architecture through any medium of expression.”

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Teran & Teman Evans (both MArch ’04), design team and identical twins, exemplify an extreme form of collaboration in their lives and their work. Read the recent profile in the New York Times.

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The GSD exhibit “Deconstruction/Construction: The Cheonggyecheon River Project in Seoul” curated by Joan Busquets (professor in practice of urban planning and design) has traveled to the Van Alen Institute. On April 25 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a launch of the book Convergent Flux: Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Korea by John Hong (adjunct associate professor and MArch ‘96) and Jinhee Park (design critic in architecture and MArch '02) to accompany the exhibit.

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