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As part of a grant from the Rockefeller Center and the US Army Corps of Engineers, four teams representing four academic institutions (Harvard, Penn, Princeton and CUNY) are critically examining the various methods of response and reaction to shifting littoral regions along the Northeast coast.

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Carol Thomas, a former instructor at the Graduate School of Design and a pioneering figure in American planning, has donated her papers to the Frances Loeb Library. 

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As part of Christian Bourdais' "Solo Houses" experiment, alumni and visiting critics Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee develop Casa Johnston Marklee in the Los Puertos de Beceite nature reserve of Spain.

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When humanitarian relief organizations substitute for civic structures in states weakened by crisis and conflict, a new type of urbanism prevails, contends Marianne Potvin (MDesS ‘13 and PhD). Too often the resulting agendas ignore or sacrifice the needs of the devastated populations they purport to serve. Potvin examines this phenomenon through the lens of “humanitarian urbanism” in an article for Open Democracy entitled "Kabul: the humanitarian city."



Sara Hendren (MDesS '13) is not known for drawing within the lines and she’s not easily discouraged. She started her guerrilla art project, the Accessible Icon Project, as a provocation and conversation starter 3 years ago in Cambridge with Brian Glenney.  By now it’s become a global movement, seasoned by a touch of controversy, and it landed her on the front page of the Boston Globe Saturday. Read “Wheelchair icon revamped by guerrilla art project.”



Herman Hertzberger met recently with GSD students of the course Workspheres to discuss what happens when buildings designed to be redesigned by their users are no longer used.

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The Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) announced today that John K. F. Irving (AB ’83, MBA ’89, GSD Campaign Chair) and Anne Irving Oxley, have made a significant donation of $10 million to the School in honor of their father John E. (Jack) Irving.

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Peter Christensen (PhD '14) publishes Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent Through History which is co-edited with Vimalin Rujivacharakul, Hazel Hahn and Ken Oshima.

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Mexico City was recently selected recently for the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, and 6 students and alums from the GSD and HKS contributed to that success. Acting as the Agencia de Resiliencia Urbana (Urban Resilience Collective), Adriana Chávez (MDesS and MArch '14), Víctor Rico Espínola (MAUD '14), Oscar Malaspina (MAUD '13), Elena Tudela (MAUD '12), Einat Rosenkrantz (MAUD '13) and Johanan Rivera (HKS MPAID '13) collaborated with Mexico City to create its winning proposal.

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By Hope Hardesty, MLA '14

For the last major lecture of the fall semester, the Margaret McCurry Lecture in Design Arts, the GSD community enjoyed an evening with celebrated British sculptor and installation artist Antony Gormley. Gormley creates spaces that encourage active participation with art rather than passive observation, calling into question the exclusivity of art along with art’s relationship to design. 

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Image: Antony Gormley’s One & Other, produced by Artichoke, 2009. Photo copyright Matthew Andrews.

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