May 22, 2014
Barcelona-based architect Jose M. Ahedo has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 traveling fellowship aimed at “fostering investigative approaches to contemporary design.” The jury—Mohsen Mostafavi, Iñaki Abalos, Silvia Benedito, Pedro Gadanho, Linda Pollak, Shohei Shigematsu, and Jorge Silvetti—selected Ahedo and his proposal, Domesticated Grounds: Design and Domesticity Within Animal Farming Systems, from nearly 200 applications representing 46 countries. Over the next two years, Ahedo will focus his research on the architectural and organizational models of animal farming and the significant causes of land degradation, greenhouse gas emissions, and social frictions.
The jury praised Ahedo’s proposal for its integrated approach to a broad range of issues, and for his clarity in identifying architecture and design’s potential to shape more sustainable models of production for a global mega-industry. He proposes to travel to Taranaki, New Zealand, the premier milk exporter in the world; Ikhbulag and Orhkon Valleys, Mongolia, where half the population depends on livestock production; Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, which has one of the longest histories of animal farming and where mid-sized family farms have prevailed; Hainan, China, an island with hundreds of aquatic farms (hatcheries); and various centers and companies around the world producing agricultural research.
Click here to read more about 2014 Wheelwright Prize winner Jose M. Ahedo, online at WheelwrightPrize.org.
April 30, 2014
Harvard Graduate School of Design’s esteemed Loeb Fellowship recently announced ten design practitioners who will be joining the 2014-2015 residency. From sustainable agriculture and food security to traditional practices for tribal community development to water rights and coastal resiliency, the Fellows represent a wide spectrum of people who are “logging extraordinary successes to achieve equity and enhance our built and natural environment.”
Gísli Marteinn Baldursson, former city councilor and television talk show host
Jamie Blosser, architect at Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative
Scott Campbell, director at Palmer Land Trust
Shahira Fahmy, Cairo-based architect
LaShawn Hoffman, CEO at Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association
Maria Jaakkola, director of Helsinki City Planning Department Environmental Office
Thaddeus Pawlowski, planning advisor at NYC Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations
Kolu Zigbi, program director for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
Click here to read more about the 2014-2015 Loeb Fellows, online at GSD.Harvard.edu.
February 11, 2014
Applications for the fifth annual Next City Vanguard Conference are due this Friday, February 14, 2014, at 6pm PST. Representing a wide spectrum of leaders from the non profit, government, and private sectors, forty urban advocates will be selected to convene on April 24-26 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for two days filled with workshops, neighborhood tours, presentations, and–we’re positive–many future collaborations and partnerships.
Click here to apply to the Next City Vanguard Conference 2014, online at NextCity.org/Vanguard.
Registration to apply for the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s prestigious Wheelwright Prize–a $100,000 traveling fellowship open to talented, early-career architects–closes this Saturday, February 15, 2014. Note submissions need to be completed by March 4, 2014. The prize, which is now available to architects practicing anywhere in the world, encourages and supports field research conducted outside of the United States and the applicant’s home country (if different from the US.)
Click here to apply for the Wheelwright Prize, online at WheelwrightPrize.org.
January 3, 2013
This coming Monday, January 7, is the deadline to apply for one of the most prestigious and restorative mid-career professional fellowships in design: The Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The fellowship has been instrumental to the public interest design movement, so we can’t say enough good things about it, its leadership, and its unmatched network.
Loeb Fellows use words like these to describe their unique experience at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In the middle of promising careers shaping the built and natural environment, accomplished practitioners step away from their hectic professional lives. For one academic year, they take classes at the GSD and throughout Harvard’s vast network of professional and academic schools. They read, write, talk with professors, mentor students and expand their horizons. Their goals: to become better at their craft, to strengthen their leadership skills, and to change the world with their unique perspectives.
Click here for more information about the Loeb Fellowship, online at gsd.harvard.edu.
November 16, 2012
The Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) Network celebrated its seventh birthday yesterday with a call for donations to support Design Corps, which administers the network. SEED has its roots in a meeting of 30 community design practitioners, hosted October 28-29, 2005, by the Loeb Fellowship program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The title, “SEED,” was coined by Kimberly Dowdell the preceding summer during an internship with the General Services Administration (GSA), which played a crucial role in the adoption of LEED, the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council.
November 16, 2012
Yesterday evening, during a ceremony at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, five entities were recognized as the 2012 honorees of the Curry Stone Design Prize–the preeminent award for the public interest design field. Each entity was awarded $25,000 as well as featured individual, beautifully produced, short films. The first of five films that we plan to profile in the coming days profiles MASS Design Group. It features two of MASS’s co-founders, Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks, as well as two of its projects, both in Rwanda, the better known of which is the acclaimed Butaro Hospital.
Model of Architecture Serving Society–aka MASS–is a Boston-based, nonprofit architecture firm that has created a niche practice in designing healthcare facilities in resource-limited settings, primarily in countries emerging from crisis. MASS brings high-quality design and implementation to where it is most needed, and at the same time brings other disciplines into architectural work (its core team includes public health professionals with no background in design).
Click here to view MASS’s award profile and video, online at CurryStoneDesignPrize.com.
October 5, 2011
The 2011 winners of the Curry Stone Design Prize were announced Tuesday, with an official award ceremony to take place early next month at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The prize was “created in the belief that designers can be an instrumental force for improving people’s lives and the state of the world…and to inspire the next generation of designers to harness their ingenuity and craft for social good.”
This year’s grand prize of $100,000 will be awarded to Hsieh Ying-Chun, a Taiwanese architect working in rural areas of Asia that have been devastated by natural disasters, including earthquakes and typhoons. Two additional prizes of $10,000 each will be awarded to Atelier d’Architecture Autogeree (AAA) and FrontlineSMS. The prior is a Paris-based collective of architects, designers and social scientists who transform urban spaces through collaborative endeavors. The latter is a London-based technology initiative, advancing digital communications in developing countries.
Click here to learn more about the Curry Stone Design Prize and its 2011 honorees.
July 20, 2011
Today marks the start of the first official Public Interest Design Institute (PIDI), a training program created by Bryan Bell, best known as founder of Design Corps, among other good things. (The PIDI is independent and distinct from this website, despite the similarities in name and values.) Bell conceived of the program over the past year, when he was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. It’s fitting then that the first offering is taking place today through Friday, through the Harvard GSD Executive Education program.
Revised dates have been posted for the upcoming sessions at Tulane University in New Orleans, the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and Yale University in New Haven, Conn. The costs for these sessions are significantly less than the Harvard convening, at $350 up to five weeks before the event, and $450 thereafter.
Visit www.publicinterestdesign.com for more information or to register.
July 4, 2011
In the spirit of the Fourth of July weekend, freedom, and independence, it seems like a fitting time to share a favorite statement from The Power of Pro Bono book, specifically from the “Architecture as a Social Act” introductory essay.
“The misconception that the term ‘pro bono’ speaks of cost, not cause, is something that this book seeks to rectify. ‘For free’ is everywhere in America; it is a part (and often a ploy) of our consumer culture. ‘For good’ is something distinctly different.”
All three sentences were an editing phase contribution by another former Public Architecture staff member, Cali Pfaff (soon to be a Master of Landscape Architecture candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design), so she deserves all the credit. “Architecture as a Social Act,” for the record, was one of the book title contenders, first recommended by colleague and friend Kirin Makker, PhD at Hobart & William Smith Colleges Architecture Department in Geneva, NY.
July 2, 2011
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan was interviewed yesterday by CNN’s Candy Crowley, in what was generally a light-hearted Q&A. An architect by training, having graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Kennedy School, Sec. Donovan draws on experience in the Clinton Administration and work under Mayor Bloomberg in New York before joining the Obama Administration.