Job Opportunity in Boulder

Boulder, Colorado, is seeking a Director of Planning, Housing and Sustainability for this beautiful small city at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. One important perk: quality of life! Peter Pollock (LF ’98) loved his 25 years with the city, the last 7 as planning director. Get all the application details from the job posting and apply by January 30.

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Putting the Public in Public Parks

When Charles McKinney (LF ’94) and the NYC Parks Department opened the door to other people's ideas in Riverside Park, they learned that neighbors were very motivated when they were implementing their own plans. The trick was to shape the plan so it was suitable for a public place.  The benefits to the park and to the local community engaged in it have been enormous.

With plain language and his characteristic enthusiasm, McKinney describes the benefits, methods, and nuances of the approach in a talk for TEDxBeaconStreet.

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Mike Houck on Nature in Cities

The new George Wright Society Journal of Parks includes a piece by Mike Houck on regional greenspace planning in the Portland-Vancouver region: a historical perspective of 35 years of efforts culminating in the creation of the Intertwine and the Intertwine Alliance. There are lots of lessons for urban greenspace planners. read more

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Phil Freelon Speaks at Duke MLK Service

It's fitting that Phil Freelon (LF '90) was a featured speaker at the annual Duke University Martin Luther King, Jr., commemoration service on January 16–“an architect of the people” honoring “an architect of peace and humanity.” read more

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Rapid Urbanization in African Cities

Loeb Rahel Shawl is a proselytizer: for her beloved continent of Africa and for the power of good design to harness the benefits of explosive growth and improve the lives of people. She shared her passion with Harvard Graduate School of Design students in a recent J-term course, and she reports here on the results. read more

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Writing About Place

“Academic writing is notoriously incomprehensible.” With that succinct phrase, Justin Rose, Masters in Urban Planning candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, sums up his reason for signing on for Patti Leigh Brown’s J-term course Writing about Place. Brown (LF ’10) brought to the task her experience writing for publications like Architectural Digest, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Metropolis, and the Huffington Post and teaching journalistic writing at Yale and at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Rose reflects on the course. read more

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Perspectives on Preservation

­The 50th anniversary of the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act presented an opportunity to look at preservation through the eyes of several Loeb Fellows who have been active in the field. LOEBlogger Carlo Urmy spoke with Sarah Peskin (LF ‘94), Matthew Kiefer (LF ’96), Donna Graves (LF ’10), Brent Leggs (LF ’11), and Liliana Cazacu (LF ’16) about the changes they have seen in the field during their careers and what changes are needed moving forward. read more

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Deanna Van Buren Designs Solutions

Deanna Van Buren (LF ’13) is in New York this week, where WNYC and Echoing Green have combined forces to convene Solutions Week. Tuesday Van Buren was part of a conversation among “social entrepreneurs who are bringing justice back to the criminal justice system,” and if you missed it, you can still catch up. read more

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Heralding a Pioneer of Public Interest Landscape Design

A new travelling exhibit, The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, now open at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, is a celebration of the life and work of this influential landscape architect, coinciding with the centennial of his birth. Halprin was influenced by the social relief programs of the New Deal and the Modernism period that followed to create environments that improve the urban experience and reflect the needs and involvement of city dwellers. The exhibit was organized and curated by Charles A. Birnbaum (LF ’98) read more

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There's Still Time: Apply for the 2017-18 Loeb Fellowship

Individuals who have been influential in shaping the built and natural environment and whose work has advanced positive social outcomes have until January 5 to apply for the Loeb Fellowship.

The Loeb Fellowship offers a transformative year in residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and entrée to a powerful worldwide network of colleagues. We are seeking successful and passionate mid-career practitioners from diverse disciplines who are eager to explore new interests, deepen existing areas of excellence, strengthen their leadership, and prepare for a future of greater impact. Apply by Jan. 5.

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