Topic Urbanism

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DDes conference offers new perspectives on urban metabolism

“Projective Views on Urban Metabolism,” the annual Doctor of Design conference, brought together scholars from across the disciplines and around the globe to explore how a new approach to urban metabolism might enhance our understanding of contemporary urban transformations.

Feb 26, 2014

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GSD alums win second prize in Chilean tower competition

Daniel Ibañez (MDesS ’12, DDes candidate) and Tomas Folch (MLA I ’12), in association with Rodrigo Rubio (Margen-Lab) and Sofia Armanet, have recently received second prize in the international competition to build a telecommunication tower in Santiago de Chile.

Feb 24, 2014

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GSD faculty at Contemporary South Asian City Conference

The current explosive growth of South Asian cities was the impetus for the Contemporary South Asian City Conference this month in Karachi, Pakistan, where Rahul Mehrotra (chair and professor of urban planning and design) gave the first guest lecture, titled “Kinetic City.” He was attending as part of a Harvard team that included Spiro Pollalis (Professor of Design, Technology and Management) and Justin D. Stern (PhD student in urban planning and design), as well as representatives from the School of Public Health, South Asia Institute (a co-sponsor of the conference) and Harvard Medical School.

Jan 28, 2014

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Marianne Potvin on the perils of humanitarianism

When humanitarian relief organizations substitute for civic structures in states weakened by crisis and conflict, a new type of urbanism prevails, contends Marianne Potvin (MDesS ‘13 and PhD). Too often the resulting agendas ignore or sacrifice the needs of the devastated populations they purport to serve. Potvin examines this phenomenon through the lens of “humanitarian urbanism” in an article for Open Democracy entitled "Kabul: the humanitarian city."

Dec 17, 2013