Antoine Picon’s new book De la ville nouvelle à la vie durable: Marne-la Vallée offers a comprehensive look at the largest French postwar new town begun in the 1960s and still growing today.
In August, Jeffrey Mansfield (MArch) was in the Brazilian Amazon with the Portable Light Project, when he realized that the remote areas are increasingly covered by 3G networks. Mansfield was inspired to develop “Taking Charge,” a project to provide tools and training to jungle residents to expand cell phone use and crowdsource knowledge for farming, fishing, trade, weather, banking, health and more.
Read about his grand scheme in “Taking Charge with cellphones” in the Harvard Gazette.
For 40 years Gund Hall has reigned as an architectural icon of the 20th century: great bones, proudly displayed. But changes in contemporary architectural practice and education, along with the need for increased energy efficiency have argued for updating. The GSD is rising to the challenge.