Several urban planning students have been recognized recently for their work in transportation. Dave Ginsberg, Phillip Baker, Ted Conrad, and Ed Meng, all MUP ’14, have received honors and fellowships at Harvard and elsewhere.
The 2014 Community Service Fellowship Program Fellows, representing all the GSD programs, will be taking it to the streets this summer to challenge themselves and test their learning on design and planning projects with direct community impact. The 10-week paid summer internships will send them to local community organizations, federal and state agencies and nonprofit institutions with a wide range of needs.
Harvard's team of graduate students competing in the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Case Competition was recognized as presenting the "most innovative" proposal for their recommendations to improve energy efficiency in quick service restaurants. David Henning (MUP), Brian Vargo (MDesS), and Arta Yazdanseta (MDesS) from the Graduate School of Design worked on the project.
The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine took a cold hard look at the city, what we can expect and what we need to do to prepare for the eventuality of sea-level rise and storm surge. The author looked to Joyce Klein Rosenthal (assistant professor of urban design) for an expert view of changes necessary to protect Boston.
First year PhD student Natalia Escobar Castrillon won 3rd prize for her poster presentation in the conference ''Directions in Twenty-First Century Preservation.''
A remarkable interdisciplinary team of 12 students representing all GSD departments worked with Andreas Georgoulias (research director of the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Architecture) to implement the Infrastructure 360 Awards. Students in the master in design studies risk and resilience, architecture, urban design and landscape architecture programs conducted detailed project assessments to uncover the most outstanding entries.
A collection of drawings from Somatic Collaborative, the design practice of Felipe Correa (associate professor of urban design) and Anthony Acciavatti (MArch ‘09), were published in Globalized Water: A Question of Governance. The volume is a unique scientific exploration of contemporary water management models and government issues.
The Health and Places Initiative—a joint project between the GSD and the Harvard School of Public Health—and a wide ranging project on housing policies in Mexico are 2 major research efforts moving forward under the leadership of UPD faculty with important contributions from MUP students.
Mayor de Blasio has selected an innovative leader in urban planning and design, Mitch Silver (lecturer in housing and urbanization), to be Commissioner of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.