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
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
If any people still have doubts that a right to housing is a good idea, Jim Stockard’s (LF '78) opinion piece for the TED community will set them straight. He thinks national Chapter 40B legislation is called for. Read his urgent argument. read more
What happens when two “liberal elite” Muslims open a bar in Trump territory? It’s a question to which Arif Khan (LF ’16) and his wife Sabeen Hasan are finding answers since they fell in love with an abandoned country wayside bar and restaurant called Hoot Owl in a rural area of the Hudson Valley. read more
The Rudy Bruner Award winner will be announced in June, and in the meantime the RBA team is on the road, visiting finalists before deliberations. Recently they were in New Orleans to get an up-close view of Iberville Offsite Rehabs, historic but vacant and blighted houses that have been turned into shining jewels. Redmoon Restoration and Development–led by Neal Morris (LF ’10)–was the developer, collaborating with Kronberg Wall Architects to ensure culturally sensitive renovations that help preserve the dignity and diversity of their neighborhoods. Read more in Anne-Marie Lubenau’s (LF ’12) blog post for Metropolis POV.