Topic Urbanism


Anthony Acciavatti (MArch ’09), Justin Fowler (MArch ’10) and Dan Handel (MArch ’10) win Graham Foundation grant

Three recent GSD graduates, Anthony Acciavatti (MArch '09), Justin Fowler (MArch '10) and Dan Handel (MArch '10), have won a Graham Foundation grant to develop a new magazine on American architecture and urbanism. Manifest: A Journal of American Architecture and Urbanism seeks to ask questions and initiate discussion about the state of American architecture in both cities and outlying areas.

Jun 19, 2012


Rahul Mehrotra interviewed in New York Times

In a recent interview with India Ink, a New York Times blog, Professor Rahul Mehrotra discusses the rise of “parasitic” gated communities in India’s cities, and the need for planning experts in its smaller towns. Read the full interview.

May 31, 2012


Michael Hooper writes on slum dweller mobilization in Environment and Urbanization

Michael Hooper, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, and his colleague Leonard Ortolano at Stanford have published results from their research on slum dweller mobilization in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Their recent paper, in the journal Environment and Urbanization, examines factors motivating slum dweller participation in physically and politically risky social movement activities. The research looked at grassroots mobilization around a large-scale eviction in the city's Kurasini ward. The study's results suggest that the dynamics of participatory decision making are more complex than usually assumed by planners, policymakers and community organizers alike. 

Apr 30, 2012


Work of Rahul Mehrotra featured in Harvard Magazine

An extended feature in Harvard Magazine on Professor Rahul Mehrotra (MArch '87) describes his work in Hyderabad, between the historic town that developed from the 14th century hilltop fort built by Hindu rulers, and HITEC City (Hyderabad Information Technology Engineering Consultancy) with towering office buildings and high-rise apartment towers. Mehrotra's Mumbai-based firm, RMA, endeavors to "soften thresholds" between these different sectors of society, building for a new India while conserving its past. The article by Elizabeth Gudrais traces the firm's evolution, Mehrotra's design methodology, and the context of Hyderabad.

Apr 23, 2012


Jinhee Park and John Hong of SsD win quadruple AIA Awards

SsD, the firm led by Jinhee Park (Design Critic in Architecture) and John Hong (Adjunct Associate Professor) won four AIA awards for recent work: The White Block Gallery, featured in Metropolis Magazine, won both a regional AIA New England Design Award as well as an Honor Award for Design Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects (BSA). 8 Towers, part of the Ordos 100 project, andIsland of Water, a landscape urbanism project in Incheon, Korea both won BSA Unbuilt Architecture Awards with the latter project taking the highest Honor Award in that category.

Apr 16, 2012


Höweler+Yoon’s Sky Courts honored by Architect Magazine and Boston Society of Architects

Professor Eric Höweler and his firm Höweler + Yoon Architecture won an Annual Design Award from Architect Magazine and a Boston Society of Architects Honor Award for their project Chengdu Sky Courts. The firm has been invited to participate in the Audi Urban Futures Initiative 2012, a year long research project that speculates on the future of cities and mobility. Having recently completed the Boston Society of Architects headquarters BSA Space, the project has been published in Architectural Record, Domus, The Architect's Newspaper and Architecture Boston. 

Apr 11, 2012