The Harvard Graduate School of Design announces the formation of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Office for Urbanization, a trans-disciplinary initiative that will focus the intellectual and practical capabilities of the School on a range of applied design research projects attendant to the contemporary city.
Kiel Moe, associate professor of architecture and energy at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, joined the nationally broadcast radio show Science Friday last week to discuss air conditioning on a global scale, touching on both its history and its contemporary state.
Maurice Cox, Detroit’s new planning director, views the city through the lens of opportunity. While others can’t see beyond acres of abandoned land, he sees the walkable streets and neighborhood density that foster community and plenty of parks, gardens and local enterprise. He also sees the resilient spirit that can make it all happen. Read “Detroit’s new planning director: Dream Big” and view a video interview with Maurice Cox.
Erin Kelly (MLA '12) and project “The Buzz" has been named one of 32 winners in the Knight Foundation’s first-annual Knight Cities Challenge and was spotlighted this week by Smithsonian magazine.
Kim Lutz of the Nature Conservancy was at the GSD on April 6th for a lunchtime lecture entitled “Taking it to Scale: a Watershed Approach to Conservation Design.” It was part of a series addressing large landscape conservation issues, sponsored by the Loeb Fellowship and curated by Scott Campbell. Margaret Scott (MUP candidate) reports in the LOEBlog.
On the surface, inFORMing Justice was a typical event at the GSD: a panel of experts discussing the role of design in building equitable communities with an audience of students, faculty, staff and fellows from across the university. But the seats in Piper Hall were arranged around tables, the panelists spoke from the heart and the audience members were the experts. Read more in the LOEBlog.
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.
In the last century, stereotypes and attempts at social engineering have narrowed housing options in America, to the detriment of our ability to provide housing for all segments of society, argues Barbara Knecht (LF ‘93). But new middle class norms and well-designed small housing configurations are changing attitudes and providing hope for dealing with our current housing crisis. Read her contribution to the LOEBlog series, "Loeb Lab: From SROs to Micro-Units."
In her recent contribution the Beirut-based Portal 9's "Forest" issue, Rosetta S. Elkin, assistant professor of landscape architecture, explores the history and usage of the term "desertification," with a particular lens to the Middle East and Africa.