Urban Design and Planning Professor Rahul Mehrotra’s Extreme Urbanism III studio explores possible interventions at the intersection between critical conservation and urban planning and design for Agra, India, an exemplar of contemporary urban challenges. At this moment, Loeb Fellows, studio students and students in the MDes Critical Conservation Program are in Agra conducting a close study of the conditions and opportunities that can propel the city forward toward a more sustainable future for its citizens, its historical treasures and its environment. Read more and see photos in the LOEBlog.
Ask any resident of Mexico City where they would like to be on a warm, Sunday afternoon, and it may well be a landscape designed by Mario Schjetnan. On Tuesday, February 17, Schjetnan described his latest projects on the practice and theory of landscape in a public lecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
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.
The Boston Society of Architects, a local AIA chapter, has announced its 2014 Design Awards, and Ann Beha (LF ’88) is once again in the spotlight. Her Shelburne Museum Center for Art and Education and her University of Chicago Center for Economics both took Design Excellence Awards. Beha recently won an AIA Honor Award for her work on the Cambridge Public Library. See the entire list of BSA honorees, which includes associate professor of landscape architecture Chris Reed’s Stoss.
In calling out the AIA for bypassing Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi for the 2015 Gold Prize, Alexandra Lange (LF ’14) highlights larger problems in the field of architecture symbolized by its preeminent professional organization. Read more in the LOEBlog.
Armando Carbonell (LF ’93) was one of 34 new Fellows recently elected to the National Academy of Academics, Learned Societies and Practitioners in the Social Sciences in the United Kingdom. Carbonell was cited as a leader for his international research in land use and taxation.
The Loeb Video Profiles demonstrate the range of backgrounds, interests and accomplishments of the current class of Loeb Fellows. They are rule breakers and polymaths; experts in neighborhood enhancement, disaster response and community empowerment. Their focus is on equity. Join their conversation.