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.
2014 was a watershed year for landscape architecture, in the view of Charles Birnbaum (LF ’98): “This year there was a cultural shift that saw landscape architecture and its practitioners achieve an unprecedented level of visibility and influence.” He takes stock of the achievements and events in the Huffington Post.
Future Ground design competition has selected a project by led by Chris Reed, Scott Bishop, and Amy Whitesides (MLA '12) of the Boston-based design firm STOSS Landscape Urbanism with Ann Yoachim (LF '13), Byron Stigge (MDes '05), Jonathan Tate (MDes '08), Kate Kennen (MLA '05), Liz Ogbu (MArch '04), Jill Desimini, Teresa Lynch, and Michael Brady.
To research Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow, Anthony Flint (LF ’01) haunted the Loeb Library Special Collections for 2 years. The book, to be released on November 4, details the architect's lessons for the urban centers of the 21st century. Flint’s book tour includes several Boston-area appearances in the coming months. More details in the LOEBlog.
Going from covering suburban planning-board meetings to witnessing sectarian violence in the Balkans may not seem like the most obvious career path, but for 2012 Loeb Fellow alumna Inga Saffron, it was a natural progression that ultimately led to her current role as the architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer.