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“Cloud” by SsD opens in Heyri, Korea

Jinhee Park (Design Critic in Architecture, MArch ‘02) and John Hong (Adjunct Associate Professor, MArch ‘96) of SsD recently completed ‘Cloud,’ an interactive public art piece in Korea’s Heyri Art Valley. 'Cloud' is a permanent light, sound, and sculpture installation that responds to the movement of passersby as well as to the dynamically changing weather patterns of the Heyri Art Valley. Three ethereal canopies come alive when people approach: patterns of changing light and sound invite one to discover new paths under and between them, inspiring impromptu gatherings or even improvised performances. When not responding to people, 'Cloud' enhances the dynamic experience of the weather: detecting temperature, wind, rain, and humidity, the sculpture takes each of these conditions and creates a new link between human and atmosphere through light and sound.

Apr 11, 2012

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Kyu Sung Woo (MUD ’70) awarded Harleston Parker Medal

Kyu Sung Woo (MUD '70) was awarded the Harleston Parker Medal by the Boston Society of Architects and the City of Boston. The annual award recognizes "the single most beautiful building or other structure" built in Boston within the past ten years. The Harvard University Graduate Student Housing building at 10 Akron Street was completed in 2008 with consideration for the specific goals of the university. “Every institution has a different mission,” he says. “It’s interesting and exciting to see how we relate those missions into different buildings. For example, all the dormitories we have done, none of them have the same unit plan or floor plan. It’s not just because of a site being rural or urban or suburban, but also, I think, each university has a different tradition and a different mission.”

Apr 11, 2012

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Höweler+Yoon’s Sky Courts honored by Architect Magazine and Boston Society of Architects

Professor Eric Höweler and his firm Höweler + Yoon Architecture won an Annual Design Award from Architect Magazine and a Boston Society of Architects Honor Award for their project Chengdu Sky Courts. The firm has been invited to participate in the Audi Urban Futures Initiative 2012, a year long research project that speculates on the future of cities and mobility. Having recently completed the Boston Society of Architects headquarters BSA Space, the project has been published in Architectural Record, Domus, The Architect's Newspaper and Architecture Boston. 

Apr 11, 2012

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GSD and University of Colorado team wins first prize in ULI/Gerald Hines Urban Design Competition

A joint team representing the GSD and University of Colorado won first prize in the ULI/Gerald Hines Urban Design Competition for their proposal, "Bayou Commons." The master plan was strategically designed to be downtown Houston’s first residential district celebrating cultural diversity and urban lifestyle. The team consisted of three students from Harvard University (Michael Albert, Master of Landscape Architecture, Anna Cawrse, Master of Landscape Architecture and Victor Perez Amado, Master of Architecture I AP + Master of Architecture in Urban Design) and  two students from the University of Colorado (Chad Murphy, MBA Real Estate and Alex Atherton, MBA Real Estate).

Apr 11, 2012

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Cao | Perrot Studio’s Cloud Terrace opens at Dumbarton Oaks

Cloud Terrace, a new temporary installation by landscape artists Andy Cao (LF '11) and Xavier Perrot, recently opened at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. Clouds sculpted from chicken wire dangle 10,000 loaned Swarovski crystals creating the effect of gathered raindrops over the property's Arbor Terrace. John Beardsley, Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at the GSD and Director of Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, says temporary installations “breathe new life into these landscapes,” which are “living works” no matter how historic. The commission developed from Cao's visit to the institute as a Loeb fellow in 2011.

Apr 9, 2012

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Erika Naginski appointed Robert Sterling Clark Professor for 2012-2013

Erika Naginski has been appointed the Robert Sterling Clark Professor for 2012-2013. The Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professorship at Williams College and the Clark Art Institute brings to campus a distinguished art or architectural historian to teach at the graduate and undergraduate level and circulate in the  intellectual community. Previous Clark Professors have included Robin Kelsey (Harvard University), Michael Cole (Columbia University), and Harry Francis Malgrave (IIT College of Architecture).

Apr 9, 2012

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Toshiko Mori breaks ground at Novartis, wins prize for best design show

A new lab building designed by Toshiko Mori Architect will break ground at the Novartis Campus in Cambridge, MA this spring.   Two recent design commissions include the Peter Freeman Gallery in SoHo, as well as Sean Kelly’s new gallery space in Hell’s Kitchen.  A book about Kelly’s recently completed house in upstate New York, also designed by Toshiko Mori Architect, will be published by Hatje Cantz in the fall.  

Apr 9, 2012

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Professor Kiel Moe awarded MacDowell Colony Fellowship

Professor Kiel Moe has been awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Summer 2012. Founded in 1907, the MacDowell Colony is the nation’s leading artist colony. The Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.

Apr 9, 2012

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