Theaster Gates (LF '11) now has an extra $3.5 million to put toward using the arts and culture to strengthen communities, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Read about it in the LOEBlog.
The Loeb Fellowship cast a wide net for next year’s Fellows and once again has selected practitioners logging extraordinary successes to achieve equity and enhance our built and natural environment. Their work encompasses sustainable agriculture and food security, traditional practices for tribal community development, water rights and coastal resiliency. They are leading pop-up neighborhood improvement demonstrations and studying pop-up political resistance. They are saying No to sprawl and Yes to affordable housing and livable streets. And they include the Fellowship’s first television talk show host! Meet the 2014-15 Loeb class
Lynn Richards (LF and Lincoln/Loeb Fellow ’13) has barely had time to share the exciting news of her appointment as President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism, yet she hasn’t waited to dig into her new role. She officially starts July 1, but she’s already there part time. “While I was sad to leave EPA and all the good work the Smart Growth Program has done, I am absolutely thrilled to lead an organization known for innovative design and building great places.” Read more on the LOEBlog.
Not only the Philadelphia Inquirer but the Loeb Fellowship and the GSD are a-Twitter with the news that Inga Saffron (LF ’12) just won a Pulitzer for distinguished criticism. The award citation recognized “her criticism of architecture that blends expertise, civic passion and sheer readability into arguments that consistently stimulate and surprise.” More
Loebs Brenda Case Scheer (LF ’90) and James Brown (LF ’09) are among the 139 American Institute of Architects members elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows this year for their contributions to architecture and society and achievements of excellence. Read more in the LOEBlog.
This year’s Lincoln/Loeb Fellow Helen Lochhead has been following the progress of the Rebuild by Design teams and finds much to inspire hope for a more climate-resilient urban landscape. Read her reflections in the LOEBlog.
Harriet Tregoning (LF ’04) has left her post as DC planning director to become director of HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities. See more at the LOEBlog.
NYC Mayor Bill DiBlasio has turned to a seasoned administrator – and Loeb alum – to head the Department of Environmental Protection in his new administration. Emily Lloyd (LF ’81) was commissioner under Mayor Bloomberg from 2005-08, so she’s no stranger to the workings of city government and the agency; she’s welcomed by agency staff and environmental advocates alike. Read more at the LOEBlog.
By Hope Hardesty, MLA '14 For the last major lecture of the fall semester, the Margaret McCurry Lecture in Design Arts, the GSD community enjoyed an evening with celebrated British sculptor and installation artist Antony Gormley. Gormley creates spaces that encourage active participation with art rather than passive observation, calling into question the exclusivity of art along with art’s relationship to design. Read on at the LOEBlog. Image: Antony Gormley’s One & Other, produced by Artichoke, 2009. Photo copyright Matthew Andrews.
Design scholars and practitioners from around the world just released the Laufen Manifesto for a Humane Design Culture. They went public in a video that includes the voices of: Andres Lepik (LF ’12), Rahul Mehrotra (chair of urban planning and design), Christian Werthmann (former chair of department of landscape architecture), Martin Rauch (Austrian artist who collaborated on the Mudworks installation), Caroline James (MArch ‘14, Loeblogger and chair of Women in Development) and Anna Heringer (LF ’12), along with many others. Learn more about the principles they espouse.