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.
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