Topic Sustainability

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Elemental and incremental: Alejandro Aravena’s urban approach

Jorge Silvetti (professor of architecture) presented the keynote speech at a celebration to launch the Elemental/Incremental Housing and Participatory Design Manual, in Santiago, Chile, on November 26. The book by architect Alejandro Aravena (design critic ‘00-04) and engineer Andrew Iacobelli details 12 years of extraordinary success engaging local communities in a novel program of social housing for the most disenfranchised sectors of the population.

Dec 2, 2012

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GSD is 2 for 5 on MoMA PS1 shortlist

French 2D (Jenny French, MArch ‘11) is not the only homegrown firm to be selected as a finalist for the 2013 MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program. Leena Cho (MLA ‘09) and Matthew Jull (MArch ‘08) of Kotonotuk have collaborated with mcdowellespinosa to form TempAgency, which has also been invited to submit a proposal for the 2013 award.  

Dec 2, 2012

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From Analog to Digital: Redesigning Gund for the 21st century

For 40 years Gund Hall has reigned as an architectural icon of the 20th century: great bones, proudly displayed. But changes in contemporary architectural practice and education, along with the need for increased energy efficiency have argued for updating. The GSD is rising to the challenge.

Nov 19, 2012

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Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo to design Reggio School

Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo (design critics in urban planning and design and founding members of Ecosistema Urbano of Madrid) just won a competition for the construction of the Reggio Children Foundation’s new experimental education center in Italy.

Nov 8, 2012

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Carlos Garciavelez on the Mexico City Periferico

Carlos Garciavelez (MAUD '12 and teaching associate in urban design) published his thesis research "Concrete Matters: Beyond Stillbirth Infrastructure" in the Mexican journal Arquine. Garciavelez argues for the introduction of a rapid transit bus system to the Periférico, a double decker beltway in Mexico City, to partially transform it into a mass transit infrastructure and create new public amenities for the city. Read “El Periférico como generador ce cuidad.”

Nov 5, 2012

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Lucas Correa Sevilla and Pablo Pérez Ramos present in Ecuador

Lucas Correa Sevilla (MAUD '12) and Pablo Pérez Ramos (MLA '12, DDesS candidate)  recently presented their research "Sustainability Through New Methodologies of Urban and Landscape Design" in the "Ecuador Será Sustentable" congress. The congress, organized by Grupo FARO, pursues a multidisciplinary approach to a long-term debate on the interactions among environment, economy and society in Ecuador.

Nov 4, 2012

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Chris Reed on building resilient cities

Chris Reed (adjunct associate professor of landscape architecture) just returned from Asia, where he was a keynote speaker at the 2012 Forum on Resilient Cities, hosted by Kongjian Yu (design critic in landscape architecture and DDesS 95) at the Peking University College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Beijing.

Nov 1, 2012

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Felipe Correa traces a Line in the Andes

Felipe Correa’s (director of the Urban Design Degree Program) new publication, A Line in the Andes, examines the transformative role of the first underground metro line currently under construction in Quito, Ecuador. It sets the stage for well-informed design deliberations regarding the urban future Quito deserves.

Oct 22, 2012