New Harvard dean has designs on our future – The Boston Globe

Mohsen Mostafavi, the new dean at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, is much more than a man who understands lines, brick, and mortar. He is a philosopher of sorts. Since arriving from Cornell, where he served as dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Mostafavi has been thinking about how his students can be futurists, meaning how they can use their tools today to plan for the cities we will inhabit in the years ahead. Mostafavi, who was born in Iran, recently chatted about his research, and his plans for the future of the school.

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Students pitch in on campus landscape redesign

A partnership between Facilities Management and students majoring in landscape architecture is blooming on the campus – and to the benefit of both groups.

During the past year, students have sharpened their design skills by working with landscapers in Facilities Management, which has similarly benefited from the influx of young minds with bright ideas.

Together, the two groups have dreamed up a variety of proposals, such as trees, flowers, new sidewalks and tables and chairs outside the Stamp Student Union; “bermas,” or flower beds, outside of Symons Hall; an irrigation garden outside the Clarice Smith Performance Arts Center; and a labyrinth and garden outside the Memorial Chapel.

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Univeristy of Maryland’s Student Paper

Green proposals for downtown Columbia — baltimoresun.com

Solar arrays, “green” roofs and storm-water management that doubles as civic art and takes place only when it’s raining are among the ideas for improving the environment in the redevelopment of downtown Columbia, a consultant told residents this week.

Town Center could be a “city within a garden,” said Keith Bowers, a landscape architect on General Growth Properties’ design team — a vibrant place that makes use of renewable energy and is built with local materials so that little energy is expended to bring supplies here. Bowers’ ecological restoration design, planning and assessment business is leading the sustainability and environmental component of GGP’s efforts to re-create downtown

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Boston Sample Drop Shop

Architects and design professionals will have the opportunity to drop off outdated and unneeded samples as part of the Boston Sample Drop/Shop to be held May 8th-10th at the Boston Design Center. The event, organized by Burt Hill in association with Herman Miller, greenGoat, and Creative Office Pavilion, is intended to encourage local designers, manufacturers, retailers and the community to join together to exchange resources and divert waste from landfills.

Design firms will drop off separated materials in storage containers on May 8th and 9th from 11:30am-1:30 pm and from 4pm- 7pm at the Boston Design Center Loading Dock. The center is open to the public to shop on May 9th from 4-7pm and May 10th from 9am-4pm. There will be a wide variety of materials available at no cost. Materials will be sorted into the following categories: mixed paper, vinyl, carpet, aggregates, textiles, and miscellaneous. “The purpose of this event is to show designers that there is an alternative to throwing materials out. Both the design community and the greater local community can benefit from recycling materials,” said event organizer and Burt Hill architect Jenna Beltram.

At the end of the event, there will be a barbeque with free food and drinks for all those who participated. The Boston Sample Drop Shop was inspired by the success of the city of Cleveland’s ZeroLandfill Celebration which originated in 2006. For more information, please visit www.greengoat.org/dropshop.

Urban Land Institute will have program on green financing

he Northern New Jersey District Council of the Urban Land Institute will hold a program tiitled “Financing Green: How To Pay For and Incentivize Sustainable Investment In the Garden State.”

The program will be held from 3 to 6 p. m. on Thursday, April 24, at the Woodbridge Hilton.

The panel will consist of two members of the appraisal/financing industry, William Lashbrook III, senior vice president of PNC Bank, and Mario Silvestri, senior real estate evaluator at Wachovia Bank, and two developer/owners, Brian Cohen, vice president of Navy Yard Development & Marketing for Liberty Property Trust and David Welch, chief financial officer of SJP Properties. A representative from PSE&G, Fred Lynk, will also participate to discuss its new financing program for solar energy projects.

Source: Courier News Online – Urban Land Institute will have program on green financing.

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