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Last week’s Design Competition Conference, co-sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Van Alen Institute, probed both the bright and the dark sides of design competitions.

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Harvard University Graduate School of Design announces Erik L’Heureux, an American architect based in Singapore, as the winner of the GSD’s 2015 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 traveling fellowship aimed at fostering investigative approaches to contemporary design.

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Last week’s Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) 2015 Annual Symposium offered an interdisciplinary look at the the world’s largest religious festival, the Kumbh Mela—a Hindu mass pilgrimage—through projects launched by Rahul Mehrotra, professor of Urban Planning and Design and chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, and Megan Panzano (MArch ’10), design critic in Architecture. 

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Caipirinhas and samba set the mood at the GSD for a recent talk by Gia Wolff (MArch '08) about her research on Floating City: The Community-Based Architecture of Parade Floats. The project was supported by the first Wheelwright Prize, which Wolff won in 2013. Read Sarah Bolivar's recap in the LOEBlog.

Photo by Daryan Dornelles

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As part of Harvard's annual Harvard Lectures That LastAllen Sayeghassociate professor in Practice of Architectural Technology at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the director of REAL, the Responsive Environment Lab, at Harvard GSD—recently spoke on "Design Hybrids."

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Jeannette Kuo (MArch '04) has been appointed as Assistant Professor in Practice of Architecture, effective January 1, 2016, at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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The Hotel Okura, a landmark modernist hotel in Tokyo designed by Yoshiro Taniguchi and Hideo Kosaka, is slated for demolition in advance of the 2020 Olympic Games. But not if Tomas Maier, creative director of Bottega Veneta (which recently announced a general effort to preserve Japan’s modernist architecture) and Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture Toshiko Mori have anything to do with it.

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The Harvard Gazette just profiled Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, of the Paris-based firm Lacaton & Vassal. Last week the two gave an inspiring, "poemlike" lecture, "Freedom of Use," on their practice, ethos, and influences. 

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