Spread out across the globe to engage in summer research and employment, numerous GSD Urban Planning and Design students are embracing the bicycle as a means of commuting to work. Jonathan Goldman and Ginny Keesler (both MUP ’15) have encountered both challenges and rewards while cycling to their internships with the NYC Department of City Planning.
HUD has announced 6 winning design proposals in the Rebuild by Design competition to increase climate resiliency in NY and NJ coastal communities. One of the winning teams is led by Interboro, founded by Dan D’Oca (design critic in urban planning and design and MUP ‘02), Tobias Armborst, (MAUD '02) and Georgeen Theodore (MAUD '02), and includes Reese Fayde (LF ‘79) of RFA Investors.
Natalia Gaerlan (MUP '14) can run 100 meters in 11.84 seconds, design a public park, identify the native plants of North America, chat in Ukrainian, pole vault, bake a cake that looks like a watering can, recite plot lines from both "Downton Abbey" and "The Walking Dead," and win $20,000 on the game show "Wheel of Fortune.” Want to know more? Read her Harvard Gazette profile “Learning from nature, native peoples.”
Dean Mohsen Mostafavi of the Graduate School of Design and Dean Cherry Murray of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences announced the winner of the Deans' Design Challenge during Demo Day at the Harvard Innovation Lab.
The garden exhibit Tiny Taxonomy, designed by Rosetta Elkin (lecturer of landscape architecture) will be on display at Belgrave Square in London May 16-31.
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.