Harvard Magazine recently published an article by Stephanie Garlock called "Good Design: A Public Interest Movement Redefines Architecture," in which the author provides a critical analysis of socially progressive and pro bono architecture practices today.
Caroline James (MArch ’14, associate at Maryanne Thompson Architects and LOEBlogger) and her colleague Arielle Assouline-Lichten (MArch ’13) will receive the Tribune award at the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Leadership Awards Gala on February 26. Read more on the LOEBlog.
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.
Architecture and the Territory: Cairos informal settlements and community networks with Diane Singerman
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.
Deidre Schmidt (LF ’08) and Matt Nohn (LF ’14) are working with policymakers in Indonesia to formulate a comprehensive and integrated housing framework to meet the needs of a rapidly urbanizing population. More in the LOEBlog.
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.
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.
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.
The Nyanza Superfund site was a giant lemon for the town of Ashland, Massachusetts, but Dan Borelli (MDes ’12 in Art, Design and the Public Domain) is intent on making lemonade. He’s just received an ArtPlace grant to create an oral and visual history of the community’s relationship with the site, and a light and landscape installation.