Urban Fabric lecture series

Urban Fabric Launch
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JEROME CHOU, Design Trust for Public Space
Current Projects
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Shrinking Cities: Realities and Potentials
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SCOTT PAGE, Interface Studio
Industrial Evolution: Identifying Strategies for Urban Industry
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Estuarine Urbanism
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My Tale of Two Cities

Innovation Districts
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DAN PITERA, Detroit Collaborative Design Center
If It Works, Then It Is Obsolete…
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Urban Agriculture and the New City
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Director of Programs, Design Trust for Public SpaceJerome joined the Design Trust in 2009 after working at the landscape architecture and urban design firm Field Operations as a project manager for Freshkills Park. He has also worked as a community planner for the Baltimore City Department of Planning; a community organizer for Brooklyn ACORN and the Working Families Party; and an assistant editor at the non-profit book publisher The New Press. He holds Masters degrees in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy, MITBrent received his PhD in urban design and planning from MIT in 2002. From 2002 to 2007 he taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago before joining the Harvard Graduate School of Design faculty from 2007 to 2009. He joined MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning in 2009. Brent is a trained architect and urban designer who received his M. Arch. from Columbia University in 1994. From 1994 to 1997 he was a city planner and urban designer in the New York City Department of City Planning in the Zoning and Urban Design Division as well as the Manhattan Borough Office.

Brent’s current research includes preparing a book on urban design in shrinking cities. Publications in preparation include a study of industrial preservation in Detroit and a study of privately-financed housing in disinvested neighborhoods.

Founding Principal, Interface StudioScott Page is an urban designer and planner with degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and the Georgia Institute of Technology Architecture Department. He has been a leader in developing innovative neighborhood plans targeted toward enhancing communication, awareness, and empowerment at the community level. Scott was formerly a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and lectures widely on urban design, emerging technologies and sustainability both in the United States and Europe. He is currently a regular contributor to Planetizen’s Interchange blog.

Associate Professor, Harvard University Graduate School of DesignPierre teaches graduate courses on landscape, infrastructure and urbanism in the interrelated fields of planning, design and engineering. He is the editor of the Landscape Infrastructures DVD published by the National Research Council of Canada and recipient of the 2008/2009 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Cited by urbanists and theorists such as AbdouMaliq Simone, Elizabeth K. Meyer and Dirk Sijmons, Bélanger’s research work is published in planning, design and engineering journals and books including Landscape Journal, Topos, New Geographies, The Landscape Urbanism Reader, Geoinformatics, Journal of Tunneling and Underground Space Technology, Trash, Food, and Canadian Architect. Pierre’s most recent publications include “Redefining Infrastructure” (2010), “Power Perestroika” (2009), Landscape as Infrastructure” (2009), Landscapes of Disassembly (2007), Synthetic Surfaces (2007), “Foodshed” (2007), Airspace” (2006) and “Underground Urbanism” (2006). Bélanger has received several honorable mentions in planning and design competitions including the 2009 World Sustainability Centre Afsluitdijk Competition, 2Gs 2008 Venice Lagoon Competition, the AIA’s 2007 Columbus Rewired Design Competition, the 2007 Hadspen Parabola Design Competition, the 2007 Chicago Prize, the University of Washington in St. Louis 2006 Steedman Fellowship Competition and the Architectural Association’s 2006 Environmental Tectonics Competition.

Principal, Sasaki AssociatesJanne Corneil practices in Sasaki’s Campus and Urban studios, and her body of work over the past two decades has focused on crucial connections between academic institutions and their surrounding urban contexts. She has played a lead design role on many master plans for celebrated academic venues including the University of California, Berkeley and Auburn University in Alabama.

Janne’s commitment to improving economic and social opportunities for urban citizens has informed her holistic approach to sustainability where limited resources are employed strategically to maximize positive and durable change in our cities. Working with Portland State University in Downtown Portland, Oregon, and with the University of Calgary, Alberta, Janne has focused on developing innovative solutions for public private development that explore the unique design opportunities that emerge in the realm between a campus and its urban environment.

Informing her work in the U.S. and Canada have been European assignments including developing multi-campus expansion plans for NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, one of Europe’s leading technological universities. Working in both the institutional and urban realms, Janne’s urban design work includes the design of new universities, research parks, and campus districts in the U.S. and Europe, urban development strategies for central cities in San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle, and the regeneration of mixed-use neighborhoods in Boston, Seattle, and Baltimore. Janne is a frequent speaker on the economic and civic interdependence between cities and academic institutions at conferences in the U.S. and Europe.

Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design CenterDan is a political and social activist masquerading as an architect. He is presently the executive director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. With the view that “design” is an essential force in establishing human relations, the Design Center is dedicated to fostering university and community partnerships that create inspired and sustainable neighborhoods and spaces for all people. The sustainability and regeneration of any neighborhood lies in the hands of its residents. Thus, the Design Center provides not only design services but also empowers residents to facilitate their own process of urban regeneration.

Dan was a 2004-2005 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. He was a finalist for both the 2008-2009 Rafael Vinoly Architects Grants in Architecture and the 2006-2007 James Stirling Memorial Lectures on the City. Under his direction since 2000, the Design Center was included in the US Pavilion of the 2008 Venice Biennale in Architecture and recently was awarded the 2009 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence for the St. Joseph Rebuild Center in New Orleans. The Design Center was the recipient of the NCARB Prize in 2002 and 2009 and was included in the international exhibit/conference ArchiLab in 2001 and 2004 in Orleans, France. The Design Center has also been the awarded the 2002 Dedalo Minosse International Prize.

In 1998, Dan was the Hyde Chair of Excellence at the University of Nebraska. He has lectured and taught extensively throughout North America, South America, and Europe.

Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of DesignAnita’s research focuses on design theories of modern and contemporary landscape architecture, the productive aspects of landscapes, and Latin American cities and landscapes. She was awarded the 2005-2006 Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, she studied architecture at the Universidad Simon Bolivar before receiving a BA from Wellesley College and an MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Anita has taught design theory and studio, most recently at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where she was Associate Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture. Her studios investigate innovative approaches to the conceptualization of public space, especially on sites where urbanism, globalization, and local cultural conditions intersect. She also leads seminars that focus on significant transformations in landscape discourse over the last three decades. From 1987 to 1993, she practiced with Child Associates, Inc., in Boston, where she collaborated on many award-winning projects.

Anita is co-author, with Linda Pollak, of Inside/Outside: Between Architecture and Landscape (Rockport, 1999), which won an ASLA Merit Award; author of Roberto Burle Marx in Caracas: Parque del Este, 1956-1961 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), awarded the J.B. Jackson Book Prize in 2007 from the Foundation for Landscape Studies; and editor of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates: Reconstructing Urban Landscapes (Yale University Press, 2009), which received an ASLA Honor Award. Her essays have been published in Daniel Urban Kiley: The Early Gardens (Princeton Architectural Press), Recovering Landscape (Princeton Architectural Press), Roberto Burle Marx: Landscapes Reflected (Princeton Architectural Press), CASE: Downsview Park Toronto (Prestel), Large Parks (Princeton Architectural Press), Retorno al Paisaje (Evren), and Hargreaves Associates: Landscape Alchemy (ORO Publishers), as well as in magazines such as A+U.