A popular J-term for MUPs, “Retrofitting Suburbia,” led by current Loeb Fellows Lynn Richards and Deanna VanBuren, dealt with the possibilities of revitalizing abandoned or underutilized suburban properties. Fourteen students explored policy and design strategies to facilitate and create incentives for redevelopment in the two-day class.
GSD students will display the wide range of the school's research when Penn State holds its 1st "Nature of Spatial Practices" conference this Friday. The conference will examine how spatial practice, education and political discourse are responding to recent changes in technology, mobility and socio-cultural patterns.
In a profile in Harvard Magazine, professor of urban planning Ann Forsyth talks about why she’s taken up biking and why, in order to improve cities, she feels it’s necessary to look to the suburbs. Read the “Harvard Portrait.”
Loeb fellows and GSD faculty are applying their talents to the challenges of revitalizing Detroit in the Detroit Works Project. Toni Griffin (LF 1998 and adjunct associate professor of urban planning) led the Detroit Works’ technical team and Dan Pitera (LF 2005 and associate professor of architecture), director of Detroit Collaborative Design Center, oversaw community outreach. Chris Reed’s (adjunct associate professor of landscape architecture) firm Stoss Landscape Urbanism contributed to landscape, ecology and open space planning. Read "Stepping Up for the Future of Detroit" in the LOEBlog.
Hyuntek Yoon and Soobum You (both MArch ’12) of Atelier WHY have won the Detroit Riverfront Competition with an urban fantasy land that bridges streetscape and river with a magical forest.
In the Community Innovation Lab, guided by Michael Hooper (assistant professor of urban planning) and Susan Crawford( visiting Stanton professor of the First Amendment), GSD and HKS students teamed up with three community groups in Boston and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics to make “big ideas” a reality in the Dudley and Upham’s Corner neighborhoods.
Jerold Kayden (professor of urban planning and design) joined colleagues from FEMA, MGH, the Harvard Center for the Environment and FAS for a HSPH forum and webcast called “Big Weather and Coastal Cities: Resilience in the Face of Disaster,” moderated by Huffington Post senior writer Tom Zeller Jr. Read about the forum in “Lessons for the next Sandy” in the Harvard Gazette.
“Sinking Gardens,” by Nikola Bojic (MDesS 13) and Alan Waxman (MLA 14), was installed in XiXi National Wetland Park in Hangzhou for the 2012 West Lake International Sculpture Exhibition. The work connects the history of families who lived for generations in XiXi with the contemporary building boom, and lays claim to public space for the future of China.
A team of Harvard students has won the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association 2012 Student Project Award. James Cody Birkey (MDesS ’13) and Jaemin Ha (MAUD ’12) collaborated with Mukul Bafana (HBS) and Laura Bishop (HLS) on the Mumbai Port Redevelopment project.