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Neil Brenner (professor of urban theory and director of the Urban Theory Lab) has just published a new edited volume, Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Berlin: Jovis, 2014).  Through classic and contemporary essays, including one by Nikos Katsikis (DDes candidate ‘14), the book explores the various theoretical, epistemological and political implications of Henri Lefebvre’s claim that "society has been completely urbanized."

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Harvard's team of graduate students competing in the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Case Competition was recognized as presenting the "most innovative" proposal for their recommendations to improve energy efficiency in quick service restaurants. David Henning (MUP), Brian Vargo (MDesS), and Arta Yazdanseta (MDesS) from the Graduate School of Design worked on the project

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The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine took a cold hard look at the city, what we can expect and what we need to do to prepare for the eventuality of sea-level rise and storm surge. The author looked to Joyce Klein Rosenthal (assistant professor of urban design) for an expert view of changes necessary to protect Boston.

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A remarkable interdisciplinary team of 12 students representing all GSD departments worked with Andreas Georgoulias (research director of the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Architecture) to implement the Infrastructure 360 Awards. Students in the master in design studies risk and resilience, architecture, urban design and landscape architecture programs conducted detailed project assessments to uncover the most outstanding entries.

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A team led by Daniel Daou (DDes 15) has won the 1st place in the 16th Arquine International Architecture Competition with the entry “Umbral de las Américas.” Collaborators include Elizabeth Añaños, Adriana Chavez (MArch II, MDesS 14), Oscar Malaspina (MAUD 13), Gabriel Morales (AA MArch 11), Nicolas Rivard (MAUD 12) and Einat Rosenkrantz (MAUD 13).

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