This month, Black Dog Publishing, London will publish a new book by Krzysztof Wodiczko titled The Abolition of War, an insight into the working practice of Wodiczko and the political and social concepts infused in his work. With an extended essay by Wodiczko as the starting point for discussions on war and war-related history and memory, texts from theorists and critics in the field support a parallel forum.
In March 2012, Wodiczko was awarded the "Feed the World with More Art" 2012 award for "his lifelong inspiring and life-changing work" in New York City.
Curator of the Loeb Fellowship, Jim Stockard (MCP ’68, LF ’78) has been appointed to the Governor’s Commission for Public Housing Sustainability and Reform. The Commission has been established as a result of the Governor’s commitment to dramatically reform the outdated and inefficient system by which 242 local agencies manage a stock of 50,000 public housing units funded by the state and another 37,000 supported by the federal government. The purpose of the 23 member Commission is to “develop recommendations for the sustainability and reform of public housing authorities and the portfolio of state aided public housing that will ensure the long-term viability of public housing as an affordable housing resource, including the reform of the statutory governance structure with a goal of creating a practical, cost-effective and modern regional governance structure.”
The U.S. Treasury Department's IRS Northeast Headquarters, designed by Adjunct Professor in Architecture, Jonathan Levi, opened its first phase in January 2012. A GSA Design Excellence Commission, the second phase of the project is to be completed in February 2012.
The Roger F. Wellington School in Belmont, Massachusetts, was designed by Levi and dedicated in September 2011 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman.
Jinhee Park (Design Critic in Architecture, MArch ‘02) and John Hong (Adjunct Associate Professor, MArch ‘96) of SsD recently completed ‘Cloud,’ an interactive public art piece in Korea’s Heyri Art Valley.
'Cloud' is a permanent light, sound, and sculpture installation that responds to the movement of passersby as well as to the dynamically changing weather patterns of the Heyri Art Valley. Three ethereal canopies come alive when people approach: patterns of changing light and sound invite one to discover new paths under and between them, inspiring impromptu gatherings or even improvised performances. When not responding to people, 'Cloud' enhances the dynamic experience of the weather: detecting temperature, wind, rain, and humidity, the sculpture takes each of these conditions and creates a new link between human and atmosphere through light and sound.
Professor Eric Höweler and his firm Höweler + Yoon Architecture won an Annual Design Award from Architect Magazine and a Boston Society of Architects Honor Award for their project Chengdu Sky Courts.
The firm has been invited to participate in the Audi Urban Futures Initiative 2012, a year long research project that speculates on the future of cities and mobility.
Having recently completed the Boston Society of Architects headquarters BSA Space, the project has been published in Architectural Record, Domus, The Architect's Newspaper and Architecture Boston.
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.”
Ingeborg Rocker, Associated Professor and Director of the GSDigital Mediaworkshops and Principal of Rocker-Lange Architects, will speak at the Technische Universität Munich, Department for Architecture on April 20, 2012.
Her lecture will focus on the historical development of representation technologies and the role these play in design, particularly the digital medium and its impact on conception, representation and fabrication. The lecture will present Rocker's ongoing research project at the GSD, On the Bri(n)ck (2010 and 2009) and her practical and theoretical work on "Serial Multiplicites," of which different design versions have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2010 and other venues. Rocker-Lange Architects' "Density & Openness: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong," is currently exhibited at the Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale curated by Terence Riley.
Professor Anita Berrizbeitia participated in Writing Landscape: Criticism Now, a symposium sponsored by UPSTATE: A Center for Design, Research, and Real Estate at Syracuse University School of Architecture. The symposium explored the role of criticism in the design, reception, and dissemination of landscape in contemporary culture.
Professor Kiel Moe has been awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Summer 2012. Founded in 1907, the MacDowell Colony is the nation’s leading artist colony. The Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.