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 •  January 8

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and its blog, “The Dirt,” named a book by the Harvard Graduate School of Design's Gareth Doherty (DDes '10) among its top 10 books of 2017—”our picks for the best on the environment, cities, and landscape,” writes “The Dirt.” Doherty's book Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State...

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 •  January 3

Due to the winter storm expected to begin tomorrow morning, the GSD will be closed on Thursday, January 4. A winter storm warning has been issued for the greater Boston region, with an estimated 7 to 14 inches of snow and wind gusts over 50 mph expected. Morning and evening commutes throughout the region will likely be affected. The storm will be...

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 •  December 12, 2017

As Mimi Zeiger observes in Metropolis, natural disasters occupy our cultural consciousness with mounting regularity and intensity. These scenarios appear to be increasing in frequency, and advances in media technology mean they are documented, shared, and discussed with greater speed and spread. With an eye toward the intersection of...

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 •  November 9, 2017

Taking a walk through Harvard Forest is like stepping back in time. Eighteenth century stone walls spotted with lichen reveal the land's agricultural past. They tell the story of many failed attempts to tame and divide the land, and of the forest's dogged will to persist. Every now and then, sunlight strikes through the dense canopy, creating a...

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 •  November 8, 2017

Among the four projects that Design Biennial Boston selected to adorn Boston’s Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway this summer and fall are works by Assistant Professor of Architecture Jennifer Bonner’s MALL and teaching fellow Daniel Ibañez’s Margen-Lab. Aiming to foster a rising generation of talented practitioners and to engage the public with...

Harvard University

 •  November 6, 2017

The nation's systems of producing, delivering, and consuming food are complex and intertwined. Consider, for example, that United States farms use 520,000 gallons of water per acre per year for irrigation, and lose 1.7 billion tons of topsoil each year, to grow the food that Americans eat. Of that food, more than...

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 •  October 28, 2017

A variety of Harvard Graduate School of Design faculty and alumni have found themselves honored by the annual LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, an international competition that seeks projects and visions in sustainable construction irrespective of scale. The LafargeHolcim Awards are administered by the LafargeHolcim Foundation...

Harvard University

 •  October 25, 2017

2017 is on track to break the record—set in 2015—for total acres burned by wildfires in the United States. This fall’s wildfires in Northern California made explicit the intersection between this intensifying risk and the constant of suburban development, especially as that development continues into fire-prone regions. How might risk-minded...

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 •  October 12, 2017

Metropolis magazine includes three Harvard Graduate School of Design publications among its “25 Architecture and Design Books to Read This Fall,” an annual feature. The three GSD honorees span the publications department’s diverse output, including an entry from its Studio Reports series, the latest installment in its Incidents series, and a...

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 •  October 11, 2017

Two Harvard University Graduate School of Design alumni are among the 24 recipients of the 2017 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as the “MacArthur Genius” grant. The two honorees, landscape architect Kate Orff (MLA '97) and designer and urban planner Damon Rich (LF ’07), will each receive a $625,000 award to be paid out over five years. The...