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.
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.
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.
Antoine Picon’s new book De la ville nouvelle à la vie durable: Marne-la Vallée offers a comprehensive look at the largest French postwar new town begun in the 1960s and still growing today.
This semester urban planning and design students are investigating issues through option studios in New York, Jerusalem, Burkina Faso, China and closer to home.
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.
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.