Harvard GSD announces winners of the 2013 Veronica Rudge Green Prize

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The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce the awarding of the 11th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design to two projects, The Metro do Porto in Porto, Portugal, and the Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, Colombia, in a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Piper Auditorium at the GSD. Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, and Prize Jury Chair, will host a panel discussion including presentations by representatives (designers and administrators) of the two winning teams. The event will be followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition Transformative Mobilities: Porto & Medellín, installed in the GSD’s Gund Hall gallery.


“If there are lessons to be drawn for urban design from Medellín and Porto, I think the broader lesson has to do with the disruption of the segregation of the disciplines in the design field. Historically we have understood that Landscape Architecture sits in one place, Architecture in another, and Urban Design and Planning [in another, with all three disciplines] in constant conflict about their territorial rights. One of the things that is revolutionary about the Medellín project is that distinguishing among the disciplines is no longer possible.” Michael Sorkin – Jury Member

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Iowa State Landscape architecture seniors gain on-site experience

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Building a prison landscape: Iowa State University landscape architecture students with prison Warden Patti Wachtendorf (center) and Assistant Professor Julie Stevens (front right). IMAGE CREDIT | Bob Elbert

This summer, five students and their professor constructed a series of multipurpose outdoor classrooms in the center of Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) new 30-acre campus. The classrooms will provide offenders, counselors and staff with a restorative outdoor environment for classes, counseling and vocational training. The project is part of a $68 million expansion and modernization, which includes a landscape master plan designed by Iowa State students. The new facility will open this fall.

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Kunshan West High School Master Plan | Kunshan China | Integrated Planning and Design

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Contemporary China has seen swift and dramatic change in recent history.  As a modern nation it struggles to redefine its culture, balancing ancient history with contemporary global values.  In 2011, The City of Kunshan decided to form an education and outreach hub in the west end of the city.  This involved relocating the historic Kunshan West High School, a premier high school in the city, in conjunction with the establishment of a satellite campus for Duke University.

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Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden | Leeuwarden Netherlands | OKRA

For the new location of the NHL University OKRA has made, in association with Architecture Studio Hertzberger, the design for the exterior space. This consists of a solid green carpet laid out as a counterpart to the imposing building. The green grass and trees continue under the building connecting the inner and outer worlds together. A spider-like network of routes and places creates an extension of the building from inside to outside.

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Curtin University Place Activation Plan | Perth Australia | PLACE Laboratory


Curtin University has embarked on a massive urban renewal project focused on creating a knowledge city in Perth Western Australia. Code-named Curtin City the project will deliver a new population of students, researchers and residents of up to 70,000 people living and working in Perth’s newest knowledge economy. Connected to the city by the MAX light rail transit, Curtin City will be only minutes from downtown Perth enabling the rapid exchange of business and research ideas.
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