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 … read more
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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.
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 … read more
When Jamie Blosser (LF ’15) cofounded the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative in 2009, she was passionate about supporting culturally appropriate and sustainable development in American Indian communities. Native American Green, a film she executive produced, highlights successful efforts to build … read more
How does a nonprofit nongovernmental organization with influence but no authority go about mapping the future of the largest metropolitan area in the US? Next fall the Regional Plan Association will unveil a new plan for the tri-state NY metropolitan … read more
On 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 … read more
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 … read more
Alexandra Lange explores the new National Museum of African American History and Culture and appraises its physical and symbolic success in rendering a critical missing dimension of the American experience. She finds that “The placement of the NMAAHC, whose exhibits … read more
In the event of a destructive storm, a homemade local WiFi network that connects residents can mean the difference between neighborhood resilience and neighborhood devastation. Greta Byrum’s Resilient Communities project at New America is pioneering “mesh” networks that can function as … read more
Emi Kiyota reminds us that elders are resources and assets, and that the one thing we all have in common is getting old.