Academics + Practitioners = Better Cities: ACSA Workshop 3/22

If you’re attending the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting in Detroit March 23-25, make time for the preconference workshop Avenues of Exchange: Professionals, Educators and Communities Building Equitable, Healthy, and Resilient Cities on March 22. A number of Loebs had a hand in it read more

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Seeking J. Max Bond Center Director–apply by 4/16

The J. Max Bond Architecture Center for a Just City at CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture seeks a new Director, who will be appointed at the rank of professor or associate professor. JMBC was founded in 2011 with the belief that design should have a positive impact on building and sustaining resilient and just communities–Toni Griffin (LF ’98) was the founding leader. See the full job posting; applications will be accepted through 4/16.

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Interview with Phil Freelon

The Washington Post has offered a valentine today: a thoughtful interview with Phil Freelon, architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. His response to his challenges? Keep on designing. Read “Architect shapes nation’s view of African American history.”

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Waking Up the AIA

Next City has joined the call to AIA to walk the walk about gender equity at its upcoming annual conference, noting–as have many others–that the one woman among the keynote speakers is a social psychologist, not an architect. Journalist Kelsey Thomas offers Toni Griffin (LF ’98) among 4 exemplary women whose inclusion could correct the imbalance, writing, “Her work as a planner, thinker and professor defining how design facilitates urban justice continues to influence the field.” Read the column. read more

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Rudy Bruner Award Finalists Announced

The votes are in, and the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence has announced the 5 finalists for its 2017 Gold and Silver medal prizes. Look for the New Orleans Iberville housing project by Redmellon, Neal Morris’s (LF ’10) firm, along with the Bolling Municipal Building in Boston, Chicago Riverwalk, La Kretz Innovation Campus and Arts District Park in LA, and SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. read more

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The Legacy of Henry Hampton

True South coverOn the 30th anniversary of Eyes on the Prize, the documentary film series that illuminated the history of civil rights in America, the achievements of filmmaker Henry Hampton (Loeb ’98) are celebrated in a new book by his collaborator Jon Else, the series producer. Hampton died tragically early at the age of 58. True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, the Landmark Television Series that Reframed the Civil Rights Movement helps preserve his legacy.

The Boston Globe reported about it; the New York Times reviewed it. Or you can go directly to the source.

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By the People: Cooper Hewitt Exhibit through 2/26

Now more than ever, it is good be reminded about initiatives that are making inroads to right inequities and support the improvement of the most marginalized communities around the US. There is still time to see some stellar examples of social impact design–many initiated at the grassroots level–at the By the People exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum in NYC, on display through February 26. read more

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Heralding a Pioneer of Public Interest Landscape Design: exhibit through 4/16

A new travelling exhibit, The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, now open through April 16 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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Anatomy of Gund Hall: an exhibit by David Molander, through 3/19

As part of the sensory media lab workshop, David Molander (LF '17) led 80 students to investigate sections of Gund Hall by photographically mapping according to his specially developed method. From the material they collected, he presents a large scale collage that is a photographic anatomical image of Gund Hall and its different parts. An accompanying video shows the process behind the work–from students collecting the material to the composition and decision making that determined the final result.

Where: Gund Hall Gallery
When: January 25 to March 19

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Housing and Policy in an Aging America–Panel discussion 3/6

Loeb Emi Kiyota (founder of Ibasho) will be part of a March 6 panel discussion, Housing and Policy in an Aging America, sponsored by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard GSD.  She’ll be joined by Ann Forsyth (professor of Urban Planning) and Dr. Ashish Jha (head of the Harvard Global Health Institute and professor at Chan School of Public Health), with Jen Molinsky (JCHS senior research associate, GSD Lecturer) moderating.

Where: Stubbins, Gund Hall
When: 6:30-8:00 pm read more

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