GSD students brought their design and research skills to address practical community needs this summer through the Community Service Fellowship Program. Their internships took them to government agencies and nonprofits in Boston and other cities.
Wang Shu starts his day reading 17th C poetry and writing Chinese calligraphy. The first Chinese architect to win the Pritzker prize spent the last couple of years at the GSD and is showing China the way to bring the traditional in harmony with the modern.
Mark Gilbert, (MArch '90) has been named Architectural Advisor to the City of Vienna's Advisory Council for Public Housing.
How does one ensure sammaan, or diginity, when designing toilet facilities for the slums of India? UPD Chair Rahul Mehrotra’s answer made him the Open Innovation Challenge winner.
Traditionally, decisions about design and planning have incorporated limited public input. This top-down process has been questioned at various times in the twentieth century through alternative participatory strategies. But the promise of participation has not been realized at a large scale. Now, at the beginning…
Michael Hooper, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, and his colleague Leonard Ortolano at Stanford have published results from their research on slum dweller mobilization in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Their recent paper, in the journal Environment and Urbanization, examines factors motivating slum dweller participation in physically and politically risky social movement activities. The research looked at grassroots mobilization around a large-scale eviction in the city's Kurasini ward. The study's results suggest that the dynamics of participatory decision making are more complex than usually assumed by planners, policymakers and community organizers alike.
An article by Dan Weissman (MDesS '12) on his experiences in Haiti was published in Gobal Post. Since February 2011 he has been involved in a series of reconstruction projects that are a collaboration between the GSD, MIT’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and various NGOs, government agencies and corporate entities throughout the Port-au-Prince region. Over the course of six trips to the city, the team continues to engage in projects ranging from small architecture and urban design to macro-scale territorial planning, water and landscape management projects.
Professor in Residence in Art, Design, and the Public Domain Krzysztof Wodiczko, in collaboration with Julian Bonder (MDesS '96), has recently completed construction of the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France.