Please join us for the Annual Loeb Fellowship Lecture:
Work in the Comeback City, the Realities of Futuring in Detroit
Speaker: Steve Lewis (LF '07), Urban Design Director, Central District, Detroit Department of Planning and Development
When: Friday, May 5, 2017, 6:30 pm
Where: Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Reception in Portico Rooms following lecture
Tracy Metz (LF '07) reports on how cities are taking cycling seriously, with Amsterdam setting the pace.
Urban cycling is all the rage in cities nowadays. For tourists it’s a fun way of seeing the city, for locals in cities that are not used to bikes it is a form of transport activism. In Amsterdam, it’s utilitarian; biking is simply the cheapest and quickest way to get around. Not in lycra, but in high heels or a business suit, or with groceries in front and a child in back.
Now Amsterdam leads the world as the first city in to elect a bicycling mayor, in the person of Anna Luten. read more
Armando Carbonell (LF ’93), Anthony Flint (LF ’01), and Greta Byrum (LF ’17) were among the writers, editors, and thought leaders who joined the 2017 Journalists Forum earlier this month at the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy. Read the Lincoln House Blog and the San Diego Union-Tribune for the wrap up. read more
Better Block projects are temporary block level interventions that demonstrate a series of rapid fixes in communities across the US. The organization is seeking a project planner who will play a crucial role in collaboratively growing the firm and its impact. The position, in Boston or Dallas, is very hands-on; it calls for flexibility, creativity, and the ability to manage people and conflict. Read about it.
The University of Utah Department of Capital Projects seeks a Director of Campus Planning to lead planning efforts on this rapidly growing campus of nearly 50,000 people in Salt Lake City. Stephen Goldsmith (LF ’00), who is on the City and Metropolitan Planning faculty, forwarded the announcement. The search will remain open until the position fills.
See the posting.
The City of Detroit is a seeking a Director of Parks and Open Space to oversee the city’s 5,000 acres of parkland and lead an effort to reimagine and expand the park system in Detroit. This is an unprecedented opportunity to create new green spaces, revitalize neighborhoods, and establish new links between communities to make Detroit one of the greenest cities in the country. Don’t wait–the opening was posted a month ago.
Read the posting and apply online.
Resilient Networks NYC, a project developed by current Loeb Greta Byrum, has won a 2017 American Planning Association Smart Cities Award in the Technology Division. In response to the destructive effects of Hurricane Sandy on fragile communities in the NYC metropolitan area, Resilient Networks created a partnership model and curriculum modules to train local residents to design and build a digital and social support infrastructure of local wireless networks. Learn more about the award and the project.
Tony Pangaro’s (LF '75) “ fingerprints are all over the gleaming bookend towers that signal and support Downtown Crossing’s soaring renewal.” So says a recent Boston Globe column that celebrates the path of that success and Pangaro’s role in it. Read about it. read more
We learned that Streetsblog has a new contributor from the Loeb class of 2012: “Transportation engineer Ian Lockwood is not only a leading voice within the profession for safer, multi-modal streets, he’s also an amateur cartoonist known for skewering the absurdity in the modern transportation industry.” Streetsblog will be featuring Lockwood’s cartoons every month.
This week a special event at the Harvard Graduate School of Design celebrated the work of Burkinabe architect Diébédo Francis Kéré, who has become known for his emphasis on community focused, collaborative, and environmentally sensitive design. A screening of several short films examined Kéré’s design process and philosophy and looked at his work through the eyes of those who use and build them. Following the screenings, Loeb Rahel Shawl, participated in a panel discussion with Daniel Schwartz, the director of three of the films read more