Urban Planning and Design News: Archive

Antoine Picon’s new book De la ville nouvelle à la vie durable: Marne-la Vallée offers a comprehensive look at the largest French postwar new town begun in the 1960s and still growing today.

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Max Rohm (MArch/MLA ‘01 and visiting design critic in 2005) and Flavio Janches just published a new book, Urban Interrelations, proposing enhancing integration of informal settlements into the urban mainstream through community participation in the development of public spaces and facilities.

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This semester urban planning and design students are investigating issues through option studios in New York, Jerusalem, Burkina Faso, China and closer to home.

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On November 17, the GSD hosted the annual fall get together of the four accredited planning programs in Massachusetts, featuring a lecture by Susan Fainstein (senior research fellow), “The Argument for Just Outcomes.”

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The Boston Foundation for Architecture recently announced the 2012 grantees, which include Danish Kurani (MAUD '13) and the Classroom Co-Creators Project. The project involves a participatory design process with Blackstone Elementary School in South Boston to engage students and teachers in the creation of their learning environment. 

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This year the GSD inaugurated a competition for the school’s first Pavilion Program. The jury has ruled, and “Simulated Panorama” was selected for installation in spring 2013 under the Gund Hall portico.

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Common Frameworks: Rethinking the Developmental City, a studio taught by Chris Lee of Serie Architects, is part of a three-year research project to rethink the development of the megaplot through understanding what a city holds common: its housing.

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Recent GSD alum Molly Turner (MUP ’11), has put what she learned about disaster planning to innovative use. She has worked with her employer, Airbnb, to respond to the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused over parts of the northeast by creating an online platform for people to host Sandy victims for free.

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Theaster Gates (LF 2011) has been named inaugural winner of the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics at the New School. The biennial prize honors an artist who has taken risks to advance social justice. Read more on the LOEBlog

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Dean Mohsen Mostafavi has published 5 books in the past two years. In his writing as well as his leadership of the GSD, he is tireless in fostering engagement: between mentors and students, people in communities, the design professions with each other, and the GSD with the world. He’ll sleep later. Read Spencer Bailey’s interview with the dean for Surface.

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