The death of Eduard Sekler this month prompted Alex Marshall (LF '00) to reflect on the gift of a great teacher and the mystery of how knowledge and love of subject are passed along. Read “Great Teachers of Architecture and Design Teach the Art of Looking.” read more
If any people still have doubts that a right to housing is a good idea, Jim Stockard’s (LF '78) opinion piece for the TED community will set them straight. He thinks national Chapter 40B legislation is called for. Read his urgent argument. read more
What happens when two “liberal elite” Muslims open a bar in Trump territory? It’s a question to which Arif Khan (LF ’16) and his wife Sabeen Hasan are finding answers since they fell in love with an abandoned country wayside bar and restaurant called Hoot Owl in a rural area of the Hudson Valley. read more
The Rudy Bruner Award winner will be announced in June, and in the meantime the RBA team is on the road, visiting finalists before deliberations. Recently they were in New Orleans to get an up-close view of Iberville Offsite Rehabs, historic but vacant and blighted houses that have been turned into shining jewels. Redmoon Restoration and Development–led by Neal Morris (LF ’10)–was the developer, collaborating with Kronberg Wall Architects to ensure culturally sensitive renovations that help preserve the dignity and diversity of their neighborhoods. Read more in Anne-Marie Lubenau’s (LF ’12) blog post for Metropolis POV.
Photo courtesy Kronberg Wall Architects via Metropolis POV.
The economic decline that accompanied the collapse of the steel industry in western Pennsylvania has been a persistent problem for the flood-prone city of Johnstown, where Thaddeus Pawlowski (LF '15) grew up. But city leaders committed to revitalization have been shifting their economic development focus from steel and defense industries to heritage, tourism, and the arts. They invited an A-list of Loeb consultants for a 3-day charrette to focus on the deteriorated river walls and the river (the source of historic anxiety) as part of the solution to Johnstown’s larger set of economic, social, and ecological challenges. The gathering was supported by a Loeb Fellowship Alumni Council grant. read more
The Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design is pleased to announce the incoming class of 2018. Each year the Fellowship selects a group of exceptional midcareer practitioners whose work has influenced the built and natural environment, for a year of independent study at Harvard. The 2018 Loeb Fellows are concerned with urbanization in the global south, public art as a tool for community engagement, the changing nature of humanitarian crisis response, large scale housing response for poor rural and urban communities, the politics and place of border communities and urban farming. They are leaders in the increasingly important question of how the shaping of our environment can be a vehicle for achieving positive social outcomes.
The Cooper Hewitt has announced the 2017 winners of the National Design Awards, and honored for Corporate and Institutional Achievement is the Design Trust for Public Space, Susan Chin’s (LF ’00) organization “at the forefront of shaping New York City’s shared civic spaces and infrastructure.” See all the National Design Award winners, who include luminaries like Susan Szenasy, publisher and editor in chief of Metropolis, and Mass Design Group, founded by a group of Harvard GSD alums. read more
Charles McKinney (LF '94) will be receiving the Robert M. Morgenthau Citizenship Award at the Riverside Park Conservancy's Spring Gala on June 7. Get all the details and be on hand to celebrate his great achievements.
Community leaders and friends of Phil Freelon (LF ’90) came out in force on April 25 in Durham, North Carolina, to fete the celebrated architect and support research at the Duke University ALS Clinic. You can hear a snippet with Nnenna Freelon’s musical tribute to her husband, a testimonial from a devoted friend, and Freelon’s humble response to the hoopla, courtesy of North Carolina Public Radio.
Don’t miss Implementation, the final event in the Boston Society of Architects’ discussion series Fulfilling the Promise: Community Building and the Emerald Necklace, taking place next Wednesday, May 10. The discussion, moderated by Matthew Kiefer (LF ’96), will cover tactical urbanism, public-private partnerships, and large scale public works. Andrew Howard (LF ’16), principal at Team Better Block, will be speaking, along with Marie Law Adams of Landing Studio.
When: 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
Where: Fort Point Room at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston MA 02210)