Alumni News: Archive

Mitchell Joachim, founder of Terreform, was featured in the May issue of Dwell Magazine for the Now 99Today's Design Landscape: Ideas, People, Products & Plans. An interview with Diana Budds explores Joachim's designs for biologically based architecture as the future of housing. The published interview follows.

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Alumni Seung Teak Lee (MArch '09) and Mi Jung Lim (MArch '09) are STPMJ and were announced today as recipients of the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers. The Prize is one of North America’s most prestigious awards for young architects.

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A recent feature in the University of Texas Alumni Magazine, The Alcaldepositions the work of Everett Fly (BArch '75 and MLA '77), a landscape architect from San Antonio, within the history of architectural preservation in America. Establishing his work in historic black communities and sites including Nicodemus, Kansas, and the Winks Panorama Lodge in Gilpin County, Colorado, the sole Rocky Mountain resort open to African-Americans between 1928 and 1960, Fly found himself in Eatonville, Florida, one of the most significant towns in black history.

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SsD, the firm led by Jinhee Park (Design Critic in Architecture) and John Hong (Adjunct Associate Professor) won four AIA awards for recent work: The White Block Gallery, featured in Metropolis Magazine, won both a regional AIA New England Design Award as well as an Honor Award for Design Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects (BSA). 8 Towers, part of the Ordos 100 project, andIsland of Water, a landscape urbanism project in Incheon, Korea both won BSA Unbuilt Architecture Awards with the latter project taking the highest Honor Award in that category.

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Richard Kuhn (MArch '87) shares an article in ARCHITECT magazine on two new libraries that he designed at the Freelon Group in Washington, D.C.—the Tenley Friendship Library and the Anacosta Neighborhood Library. The projects are featured as examples of the new generation of library architecture.

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Kyu Sung Woo (MUD '70) was awarded the Harleston Parker Medal by the Boston Society of Architects and the City of Boston. The annual award recognizes "the single most beautiful building or other structure" built in Boston within the past ten years. The Harvard University Graduate Student Housing building at 10 Akron Street was completed in 2008 with consideration for the specific goals of the university. “Every institution has a different mission,” he says. “It’s interesting and exciting to see how we relate those missions into different buildings. For example, all the dormitories we have done, none of them have the same unit plan or floor plan. It’s not just because of a site being rural or urban or suburban, but also, I think, each university has a different tradition and a different mission.”

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Cloud Terrace, a new temporary installation by landscape artists Andy Cao (LF '11) and Xavier Perrot, recently opened at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. Clouds sculpted from chicken wire dangle 10,000 loaned Swarovski crystals creating the effect of gathered raindrops over the property's Arbor Terrace. John Beardsley, Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at the GSD and Director of Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, says temporary installations “breathe new life into these landscapes,” which are “living works” no matter how historic. The commission developed from Cao's visit to the institute as a Loeb fellow in 2011.

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The legacy of Manuel de Solà-Morales is extraordinarily important; without a doubt, his multifaceted work revitalized urbanism, creating new and enduring ways of understanding and conceiving the city.

For Manuel, urbanism was a question of ideas and their rigorous application to each specific reality. He saw urbanism as a social product and, as such, the object of complex, controversial political debate, in the framework of which he formulated strategies and projects that cast light on questions of urban space and social use of the agents involved. He proposed a certain autonomy as a guarantee that the city could be better.

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It is with enormous sadness that we announce the recent deaths of Luis Moreno Mansilla and Manuel de Solà-Morales. The unexpectedness of both passings adds to the shock of a great loss.

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