Urban Planning and Design News

On the tail end of a week as a visiting fellow in residence at the Harvard Graudate School of Design, Robert Hammond, who cofounded the organization “Friends of the High Line” and cocreated the celebrated High Line park in New York City, met up with Boston Globe reporter Renée Loth and Jerold Kaydenthe Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, to walk the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston.

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The Social Agency Lab is a multidisciplinary research group. Its mission is to study “the way in which individuals, institutions and organizations shape social outcomes in cities.” It features work done by research assistants and students who are conducting a thesis.

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At the end of the 2013–2014 academic year, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s urban planning students met to elect officers for the Harvard Urban Planning Organization (HUPO), a club devoted to the academic and professional development of individuals who work with the built environment.

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Assistant professor of Urban Planning Joyce Klein Rosenthal's latest study of heat-related mortality in cities has garnered significant reponse—both TIME Magazine and the UK's Daily Mail have featured it in the past weeks.

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That architects, urban planners, landscape architects, lawyers, government officials, and many other professionals all make valuable contributions to solving systemic problems underlies the interest of many individuals in enrolling in a joint or concurrent degree program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the recipients of the 2014 ASLA Professional and Student Awards, and several Harvard University Graduate School of Design students were among the honorees.

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The Harvard Graduate School of Design is pleased to welcome Shohei Nakamura as the Pollman Fellow in Real Estate and Urban Development for the 2014-2015 academic year. 

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On the morning of Friday, September 18th, a group of Harvard Graduate School of Design Urban Planning and Design students blocked cars from using a parallel parking space on a busy Cambridge street by creating a temporary park within its lines. Potted plants, hammocks, couches, and a dozen people occupied the asphalt normally reserved for SUVs and sedans. This transformation of public space was part of PARK(ing) Day, a national event dedicated to raising awareness about the lack of open space in cities.

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