Urban Planning and Design News

GSD Alums in PID

Aug 25, 2014

Among the “9 Women Who Are Rocking Public Interest Design” listed in Architizer last week are 3 GSD alums and a Loeb Fellow. Liz Ogbu (MArch ‘04), Marika Shioiri-Clark (MArch ’11), Chelina Odbert (MUP ’07) and Deanna VanBuren (LF ’12) are in practice, in academia and even in prisons–building, convening, researching and listening to the needs of communities to tackle social problems on every continent. Read more about them.

Photo courtesy of Lee Romney, LA Times.

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Rahul Mehrotra (professor of urban design and planning and chair of urban planning and design) views architecture as the expression of the aspirations of society. In his teaching he advocates for design that connects all strata of society and chips away at inequities, and he practices what he preaches. Watch a video interview by ArchDaily.

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Ecosistema Urbano, the firm of Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo (design critics in architecture), has been awarded 1st prize in the international competition for the Master Plan to redefine the historic downtown of the city of Asunción, Paraguay.  Details and photos in ArchDaily and on the Plan CHA website or read a translation of the proposal.

Photo courtesy of la Secretaría Nacional de Cultura

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Caroline James (MArch ’14) was at the 2014 Venice Biennale to view the outcome of 2 Rotterdam studios abroad, additional student engagement and her own summer internship with Rem Koolhaas’s (professor in practice of architecture and urban design) AMO studio to put together the “Elements of Architecture” book and exhibition. She found a rigorous presentation of the human relationship to architecture and a wholly new approach to the Biennale itself. Read her post in the LOEBlog.

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At the GSD, Urban Planning and Design studios often offer students the opportunity to grapple with global issues at the local scale. During spring 2014, students delved into the challenges of the coffee trade in Medellin and land reuse in Barcelona.

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For students at the GSD, the summer represents a valuable chance to apply their skills and knowledge to challenges outside Gund Hall. Five UPD students–Jon Springfield, Margaret Scott, Jefferson Mao, Joyce Lee (all MUP ’15), and Jean You (MAUD/MDES ‘15)–are doing so through the GSD’s Community Service Fellowship Program.

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A new book, Homeownership Built to Last: Affordability, Access, and Risk after the Housing Crisis, features essays by Eric Belsky, Chris Herbert and Jen Molinsky of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Department of Urban Planning and Design. They offer solutions and strategies to create an affordable, fair, and sustainable future for all Americans.

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