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
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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.
Pop-up Resource Village is mobile and temporary structures that can lessen the economic and social isolation many communities face. It’s “pop-up” civic resources–education, services, culture, and entrepreneurship opportunities–that are necessary to enable under-resourced communities to thrive. And it’s one of 70 finalists for the competitive 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund of ArtPlace America.
The project is the result of collaboration between Designing Justice and Designing Spaces, cofounded by Deanna Van Buren (LF ’13) to support re-entry and diversion programs to end the mass incarceration crisis, partnering with the San Francisco sheriff’s department Five Keys Schools and Programs. Learn more about Pop-up Resource Village and the Creative Placemaking Fund.
If you are a fan of the podcast “99% Invisible,” you might have heard Mark Lamster (LF '17) recently weighing in on the tradition and collapse of ballpark design. If not, give a listen to “In the Same Ballpark”–Lamster appears around 13 minutes in.
The site visits are completed, the selection committee has ruled, and word is out that Redmoon Restoration and Development, headed by Neal Morris (LF ’10), has taken a silver Rudy Bruner Award. It’s 26 historic homes turned into jewel-like residences for low income families. Read the announcement for more on all the 2017 awardees.
Photo courtesy of Kronberg Wall Architects
Anthony Flint’s (LF '01) reasons for being a soccer coach, despite being “the least suited person imaginable for the job,” are something parents will understand. It’s humbling. Read more.
The American Society of Landscape Architects has announced the 2017 Honor Recipients and Charles Birnbaum (LF '98) is one. The jury lauded The Cultural Landscape Foundation that Birnbaum founded, "a powerful vehicle that is an important advocate for the profession."
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Combat the growing threat to public parks and open space. The Cultural Landscape Foundation has issued a call for nominations for the 2017 Landslide. This year's theme–Open Season on Open Space–calls attention to those cultural landscapes that are threatened by new construction or other uses that can be served outside of neighborhood parkland. Learn more and nominate a candidate by June 30.
Boston Harbor Now, an exciting new civic organization in Boston, is looking for a Director of Planning who will lead the organization’s planning work to develop a comprehensive plan for Boston Harbor. The aim is a 21st century guide to addressing development, equitable access, climate resilience, parks, infrastructure, and industry. Read the posting and apply.
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