Class of 2018

Harvard GSD Alumni from Puerto Rico Write Letter Protesting Against Land Use and Zoning Board

Pedro Manuel Cardona Roig MAUD ‘91 Hugo Colón MLA ‘13 Manuel Antonio Colón Amador MLA ‘14 Irene Figueroa-Ortiz MUP & March I ‘15 Nataniel Fúster MAUD ’96 & DDes ‘99 Fabiola Guzmán Rivera March I ‘18 Yanick Lay Fumero MLA ‘18 Eduardo M. Llinás Messeguer MAUD ‘13 Maria Victoria Mateo MLA ‘11 Oscar Oliver Didier MAUD ‘06 Judith Rodríguez MLA & MAUD ‘13 Gabriella S. Rodríguez MLA & MAUD ‘16 Ángel Y. Rodríguez Colón MAUD ‘11 Joanna Rodriguez-Noyola MArch I ‘14 Héctor Tarrido-Picart MAUD & MLA ‘15 José Juan Terrasa Soler MLA ‘07 Emmanuel Torres MAUD ‘14

17 Harvard GSD Alumni from Puerto Rico have assembled as a group to protest the illegal changes being made by the Puerto Rico Land Use and Zoning Board. Together, they wrote an open letter to María del C. Gordillo Pérez, chairwoman of the board.

The group is made up of the following alumni:

Pedro Manuel Cardona Roig MAUD ’91
Hugo Colón MLA ’13   
Manuel Antonio Colón Amador MLA ’14
Irene Figueroa-Ortiz MUP & March I ’15  
Nataniel Fúster MAUD ’96 & DDes ’99 
Fabiola Guzmán Rivera March I ’18
Yanick Lay Fumero MLA ’18
Eduardo M. Llinás Messeguer MAUD ’13 
Maria Victoria Mateo MLA ’11 
Oscar Oliver Didier MAUD ’06   
Judith Rodríguez MLA & MAUD ’13
Gabriella S. Rodríguez MLA & MAUD ’16 
Ángel Y. Rodríguez Colón MAUD ’11
Joanna Rodriguez-Noyola MArch I ’14 
Héctor Tarrido-Picart MAUD & MLA ’15 
José Juan Terrasa Soler MLA ’07 
Emmanuel Torres MAUD ’14

Recently, there was a recent upsurge in democratic mobilization to demand transparency and democracy in the way politics and business is conducted in Puerto Rico. This led to the recent resignation of Governor Ricardo Roselló and will probably lead to some fundamental changes to the constitution of PR.

While these protests were taking place, the Land Use and Zoning Board for the island tried to push changes behind the scenes against the interest of vulnerable communities hit hard by the two hurricanes. The changes pushed are clearly illegal and go against the section of the constitution that established the protocols of how the Land Use and Zoning Board should engage the public.

To read the letter in Spanish click here .

posted August, 2019

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Stacy Passmore MLA ’18 Publishes Penny White Project Funded Research on Beavers in Places Journal

Stacy Passmore MLA '18

What kind of impact is the North American beaver having on the landscape of the Mountain West? An article by Stacy Passmore MLA ’18 published in the July issue of Places Journal takes on this question. Supported by a 2017 Penny White Project Fund grant and recipient of the GSD’s Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship, Passmore chronicles her travels examining the work of the animal that has “gained something of a cult reputation as an environmental engineer.”

“I had heard stories about humans and beavers working together to restore wetlands and river systems, and I wanted to see for myself,” writes Passmore. “That might sound weird — working together — but as a landscape designer you have to be open to unusual collaborations. If farmers and ranchers were turning into ‘beaver believers,’ I could respect that.”

When she’s not scouting such altered landscapes, Passmore is a landscape designer at Civitas in Denver, Colorado.

Read the full article, “Landscape with Beavers.”

Image: Concept sketch of a “beaver deceiver,” a flow device to limit pond depth. [Stacy Passmore]

 

posted August, 2019

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Philip Poon MArch ’18 Presents “Shared Spaces” at Pearl River Mart Gallery in NYC

Philip Poon MArch ‘18

Architectural projects by Philip Poon MArch ’18 will be on display at the Pearl River Mart gallery in NYC from July 13 through August 31, 2019. The show, “Shared Spaces,” is an invitation to imagine how people of diverse backgrounds might share the same physical space, particularly Manhattan’s Chinatown. Using large scale models and images, Poon explores architecture’s role in shaping worlds in which those with differing viewpoints, values, and experiences might coincide, and the possible conflicts — and harmonies — that come with that. Three projects will be on display: a proposed Chinatown gateway, a monument to humanitarian Keshia Thomas, and photos documenting Chinatown’s changing landscape.

Pearl River Mart, a family-owned Asian emporium, houses one of the few galleries in New York’s Lower Manhattan dedicated to showing works that matter to Asian American communities.

There is an opening reception on Saturday, July 13, from 5 – 7 PM.

Read a Q+A with Poon.

Learn more.

Images provided.

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posted July, 2019

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Recent GSD Graduates, Current Students Receive ASLA 2018 Student Awards

Xiwei Shen (MLA '18), Jiawen Chen (MLA '17), Siyu Jiang MLA '17, Chengzhe Zhang MLA '18

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members.  Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the globe, while the ASLA Student Awards give us a glimpse into the future of the profession.

Award recipients receive featured coverage in Landscape Architecture Magazine, the magazine of ASLA, and in many other design and construction industry and general interest media. Award recipients, their clients, and advisors will be honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia, October 19-22, 2018.

This year, recent GSD graduates and current students received four awards in three categories:

2018 Student Award of Excellence in the Communication Category, on behalf of “Korea Remade: A Guide to the Reuse of the DMZ Area Towards Unification“: Xiwei Shen MLA 19Jiawen Chen MLA 18, and Siyu Jiang MLA 18; Faculty Advisors: Niall Kirkwood, Jungyoon (Yuni) Kim MLA ’00, and Yoonjin Park MLA ’00.

Korea Remade Xiwei Shen, Student ASLA; Jiawen Chen, Student ASLA; Siyu Jiang

2018 Student Award of Excellence in the Residential Design Category, on behalf of “Baseco: A New Housing Paradigm“: Julio F. Torres Santana MArch 19Yinan Liu MLA 19, and Aime Vailes-Macarie MArch 19; Faculty Advisor: David A. Rubin MLA ’90 

Baseco- A New Housing Paradigm Julio F. Torres Santana MArch ‘19, Student ASLA; Yinan Liu MLA ‘19, Student ASLA; Aime Vailes-Macarie MArch ‘19

 

2018 Student Honor Award in the Analysis And Planning Category, on behalf of “Bloom! A Dynamic Landscape Biological System“: Xiwei Shen MLA 19Jiawen Chen MLA 18, and Chengzhe Zhang MLA 18; Faculty Advisors: Craig Douglas and David Watts

Bloom! A Dynamic Landscape Biological System Xiwei Shen MLA '18,  Jiawen Chen MLA '17, and Chengzhe Zhang MLA '18

2018 Student Honor Award the Residential Design Category, on behalf of “The Snow [RESERVE]: Dynamic Microclimate Strategies for South Boston Living“: Sunmee Lee MLA 19 and Phia Sennett MLA 19; Faculty Advisor: Craig Douglas

The Snow RESERVE Sunmee Lee MLA ‘19, Student ASLA; Phia Sennett MLA ‘19

 

posted September, 2018

Korea Remade Xiwei Shen, Student ASLA; Jiawen Chen, Student ASLA; Siyu Jiang