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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.