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Toshiko Mori leads campaign to save Tokyo’s Hotel Okura

The Hotel Okura, a landmark modernist hotel in Tokyo designed by Yoshiro Taniguchi and Hideo Kosaka, is slated for demolition in advance of the 2020 Olympic Games. But not if Tomas Maier, creative director of Bottega Veneta (which recently announced a general effort to preserve Japan’s modernist architecture) and Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture Toshiko Mori have anything to do with it.

Apr 4, 2015

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Spotlight on Lacaton & Vassal

The Harvard Gazette just profiled Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, of the Paris-based firm Lacaton & Vassal. Last week the two gave an inspiring, "poemlike" lecture, "Freedom of Use," on their practice, ethos, and influences. 

Apr 3, 2015

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Wheelwright Prize finalists announced

Today, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design announced the finalists of the 2015 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 grant awarded annually to a single architect to support travel-based architectural research.

Apr 3, 2015

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Team Better Block Wins Knight Cities Grant for Akron Project

Team Better Block recently received a $155,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to pursue an innovative project in Akron, Ohio. They’ll be converting excess housing stock in a Bhutanese neighborhood into boutique hostels and cultural hubs utilizing the Airbnb platform. Loeb Andrew Howard, co-founder of Team Better Block, describes the project in the LOEBlog.

Apr 1, 2015

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Sert Council Tours Eric Owen Moss Architects

While GSD students in Cambridge were enduring record snowfall, Josep Lluís Sert Council members were in sunny California touring the work of Eric Owen Moss MArch '72. On February 24th, a group of nearly twenty alumni and friends gathered at the studio of Eric Owen Moss Architects (EOMA) in Culver City for a first-hand look at Moss’s work and vision.

Mar 30, 2015

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GSD Reception at Your Harvard: China

For over a year, Harvard University President Drew Faust has traveled the globe to share her vision for the University’s future through the Your Harvard event series. With previous stops in London, Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City, Dallas, and Seattle, this past month the University hosted Your Harvard: China in Beijing. As part of this celebration, the Graduate School of Design held a number of satellite events geared toward the School’s alumni and friends. Notable among these were an unveiling ceremony for the hub of a collaborative research project, and an alumni reception where guests learned more about the GSD's studios, research, and other work in China.

Mar 30, 2015

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Alumni Q+A: Riki Nishimura MAUD ’03

Riki Nishimura MAUD '03 realized that he had a curiousity about cities at a very young age. He travelled extensively as a child as a result of his family's work, and from the windows of airplanes he looked out over landscapes to imagined cities of his own design.  

Mar 30, 2015

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