Karen Abrams (LF ’17) finds the concept of placemaking has a disturbing resonance with the worst excesses of colonialism: an erasure of the presence and culture of the indigenous population. She contemplates recent developments in Harlem and makes her argument in a piece in the Avery Review. Read “Hijinks in Harlem: The Whiteness of ‘Place.’”
The Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design (formerly the Tulane City Center) is looking for a Director to lead its public interest design organization at Tulane University. Beginning with the leadership of Maurice Cox (LF ’05) before he was spirited away to Detroit, the Small Center’s thoughtful collaboration with community based organizations has resulted in exceptional design work in service to the New Orleans community.
Hillary Brown’s second book Infrastructural Ecologies: Alternative Development Models for Emerging Economies was published by MIT Press this June. In it, Brown and coauthor Byron Stigge propose strategies for developing nations to design water, energy, sanitation, and waste handling services that are holistic and integrated, resilient and sustainable, economical and equitable. read more
From time to time the Boston Society of Architects recognizes an individual whose contributions to the community are of outstanding significance and value. This year the BSA plans to honor Matthew Kiefer (LF ’96) at its Annual Meeting in December, for his contributions to the community and the architectural milieu. BSA members praised Kiefer for his commitment to architecture, sustainability, and public policy and for advancing collaborative practice in the Boston design community.
Watch the BSA website for details about the annual meeting.
Rob Lane (LF ’09) is eager to share his recent efforts to place community planning into the hands of those who actually use urban spaces. He has just launched the Better Town Toolkit, a web-based community planning resource in the form of a design manual meant for citizen planners as well as for professionals read more
The search is on to hire the first permanent Executive Director to lead EPACENTER Arts during its critical early ramp up stage. This dynamic organization was launched in 2014 to increase opportunities for youth in East Palo Alto, a multi-cultural working-class community in the heart of Silicon Valley. The new director will have many opportunities to inform and shape the organization’s direction while steering its successful transition into a newly built 21,000 sq. ft. facility in 2019.
To apply, send a cover letter, resume and list of three references on or before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15 to EPACENTERARTS@walkeraac.com. Read the complete posting.
Alexandra Lange (LF ’14) will be a featured panelist for a discussion examining the influence of Mid-Century Japanese American Designers, part of Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonia at AIA NY.
When: Monday July 10, 6-9 pm.
Where: Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, NYC.
Photo of Isamu Noguchi’s Garden of Peace at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, © Michel Ravassard.
Hear Phil Freelon (LF '90) talk about founding one of the largest African American-owned architecture firms, creating the newest Smithsonian museum, and his passion for designing places where the public can convene. He’s one of the Urban Land Institute’s Leading Voices.
For his upcoming talk at the ICA/Boston “Putting Design to Work: Lessons from Detroit on building resilient cities,” Maurice Cox (LF '05) will unravel how his planning office team is embedding design excellence in Detroit’s recovery and redevelopment. And by the way, undertaking to address Detroit’s history of urban renewal and segregation.
Reception and Conversation
When: Tuesday, July 18th, 6pm
Where: Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Drive
This summer Doebele Community Service Fellows are supporting community engagement and programming for the elderly, advancing community led design-build initiatives, and reanimating derelict neighborhoods. Carissa McLane Connelly (MUP, MDeS ‘18) is working on strategic and project level planning with Emi Kiyota (LF ’17) at Ibasho in Boston and Washington, DC. Karen Sofia Mata (MAUD ‘18) will be working with Kathy Dorgan (LF ‘02) to resuscitate the Island Place Historic District of Woonsocket, RI. In Chicago Rose Mary Florian Rodriguez will be helping Emmanuel Pratt (LF ‘17) realize his vision of greenhouses, farm, pocket parks, public art, and youth development.
All are supported by the generosity of Loeb alumni, who created the summer Doebele Fellowship in honor of the Loeb Fellowship’s 40th Anniversary and of founding curator Bill Doebele. Doebele Fellows are reporting on their experiences through the CSFP blog.