Urban Planning and Design News

Working with Loeb Fellow Thaddeus Pawlowski during J Term on their Boston Living with Water submission paid off for Lindsay Woodson (MArch), Jon Springfield (MUP) and Kira Sargent (MLA). Their entry, No Building is an Island, is a finalist in the building category, along with another entry by GSD alums Stephanie Goldberg (MArch ’93) and Mark Reed (MArch ’92), Prince Building Piers. There was GSD representation in the Neighborhood category with Resilient Linkages by Alex Krieger (professor of urban design), Kelly Lynema (MUP 13) and Brandon Cuffy (MArch) of NBBJ; and Chris Reed (associate professor of landscape architecture) was awarded Honorable Mention for Fort Point’s Living Basin in collaboration with Perkins and Will. Read more in the LOEBlog.

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Eve Blau, adjunct professor of the history of urban form, has been awarded the Victor Adler State Prize (Victor Adler-Staatspreis für Gesichte sozialer Bewegungen 2015) from the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research, and Economy.

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Urban Design and Planning Professor Rahul Mehrotra’s Extreme Urbanism III studio explores possible interventions at the intersection between critical conservation and urban planning and design for Agra, India, an exemplar of contemporary urban challenges. At this moment, Loeb Fellows, studio students and students in the MDes Critical Conservation Program are in Agra conducting a close study of the conditions and opportunities that can propel the city forward toward a more sustainable future for its citizens, its historical treasures and its environment. 

Read more and see photos in the LOEBlog.

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Ask any resident of Mexico City where they would like to be on a warm, Sunday afternoon, and it may well be a landscape designed by Mario Schjetnan. On Tuesday, February 17, Schjetnan described his latest projects on the practice and theory of landscape in a public lecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. 

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The American Planning Association has awarded an AICP Student Project Award to a plan created by a Harvard University Graduate School of Design studio.

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Private investment in public park assets is being seen as a win-win situation for budget-challenged urban areas, and indeed it has worked well for existing jewels like Central Park in NYC. But as Inga Saffron (LF ’12) points out in her commentary in the New Republic, there’s a downside as well. Read more in the LOEBlog.

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Members of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design community have a unique chance to expand their horizons each January through JTerm classes. 

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Last week's Aga Khan lecture, the first in Harvard Graduate School of Design's spring lecture series, explored the interaction between globalization, resistance, space and urban design in Cairo

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