Research & Teaching

Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor; Ruth and Frank Stanton Professor of Urban Policy and Planning [Emeritus]
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard Kennedy School
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture; Co-Chair of the Sensory Media Platform
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies; Co-Director of the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative; Affiliated Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design
Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism; Area Head, Risk and Resilience MDes area group
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture; Director of the Master in Landscape Architecture Program
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
Associate of the Arnold Arboretum
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professor of Advanced Environmental Studies in the Field of Landscape Ecology, Emeritus
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Ruth and Frank Stanton Professor of Urban Planning; Director of the Master in Urban Planning Program and Urban Planning and Design Thesis Coordinator
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Derek C. Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard Kennedy School
Associate Professor of Urban Planning
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard Kennedy School
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology; Co-Director of the GSD Technology Platform
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering
Professor of Architectural Technology; Founding Director, Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Design Critic in Landscape Architecture
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture; Co-Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design Degree Program
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Associate Professor of Architecture; Area Head, Energy and Environment MDes area group
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Baker Foundation Professor of Management Practice; Poorvu Family Professor of Management Practice, Retired
John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture; Director of the Office for Urbanization; Landscape Architecture Thesis Coordinator
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Design Critic in Landscape Architecture
Harvard Graduate School of Design
This year, 92 undergraduate students were awarded research grants through the restructured Summer Undergraduate Research Fund.
September 9, 2020
Young scholars come together to learn about the complexities of climate change from leading experts.
January 24, 2020
A profile on Graduate School of Design Professor Ali Malkawi
May 27, 2015
Tiny flying robots are being built to pollinate crops instead of real bees
July 9, 2014

What do you need to know in order to understand this landscape? This course explores how cultural values are embedded in the design of landscapes. In each class, we will map the assumptions that inform how landscape is designed and interpreted.

Traditional conservation practice is increasingly proving inadequate to address the cultural, economic, social and environmental challenges facing the diverse array of buildings and sites currently in need of renewal.

How can one optimize the benefits of environmental or social sustainability while generating a higher return on investment in buildings? Where are the opportunities for real estate initiatives that are highly functional, healthy, aesthetically pleasing and financially rewarding?

This course examines environmental histories of the 20th century—the alignments and contradictions of environmentalism and new technical environments—through the engineered landscapes of urbanization.

This studio proposes to translate and spatialize the core goals of the Green New Deal into a new park architecture for Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), the most visited national park in the United States and a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site.

“Fire is a phenomenon that derives from its circumstances... It synthesizes its surroundings.”¹
Stephen J. Pyre

Second semester core studio explores research and methods in the design of complex urban conditions: sites layered with multiple and uncoordinated interventions that present issues of fragmentation, ecological degradation, and the need for greater diversity of programs.

This course introduces contemporary theories of landscape as a medium of urbanism and product of urbanization.

Purpose: This course is the second of a two-module sequence in building technology (6121, 6122) and constitutes part of the core curriculum in architecture. 

Objective: To continue the study of environmental considerations in architectural design. 

What are the spatial, material, and  cultural values inherent in a property that must be understood to craft interventions and additions that will reveal, complement, sustain and enhance the original work while appropriately addressing social, architectural and technical integrity?

This course will consider the challenge of climate change and what to do about it.   Students will be introduced to the basic science of climate change, including the radiation budget of the Earth, the carbon cycle, and the physics and chemistry of the oceans and atmosphere.

This new elective seminar will provide a deeper dive into issues of evidence-based, high-performance, sustainable building design.

Through a series of case studies, this course will explore paradigmatic design responses to the climate crisis including adaptation (both for communities to remain and retreat) and mitigation (through increased carbon draw-down and reduced emissions).

Required for both MLA 1 and MLA AP students taking the third LA core-studio.

Ecological Principles for Design (Steven Handel): 

This course is the first of a two-module sequence in building technology (6121, 6122) and constitutes part of the core curriculum in architecture. 

Objectives: 

This seminar explores how public and private institutions and individuals, under labels of “adaptation” or “resilience,” are positioning built and natural environments to respond to threats posed by climate change.

As a scarce and necessary resource, land triggers competition and conflict over its possession and use. For privately owned land, the market manages much of the competition through its familiar allocative price-setting framework.

Sustainable infrastructure (SI) has been recognized as the central pillar of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The broad goal of this course is to introduce students to the foundations of key sectoral and thematic knowledge for important challenges to sustainable development, including food and nutritional security, social service delivery, energy policy, water resource management, urbanization, infrastru

What do gardens in cities do for people? Urban agriculture is a catch-all term that covers community gardens, vegetable plots at prisons, didactically-minded gardens in schoolyards, gardens planted illegally on vacant lots, high-tech hydroponic companies, and farmers' markets.

More than half of the world's population (54 percent according to the World Health Organization) live in urban areas, and this share is expected to grow in the future (65 percent by 2050 according to the United Nations).

The built environment of our communities creates energy and material utilization patterns and subsequent ecological effects. Climate change challenges existing buildings and infrastructure which has led to conversations about resilience.

From Off-Shoring to Near Shore: Littoral Landscapes at Work

This course is the first of a two-module sequence in Building Technology (6121, 6122) and constitutes part of the core curriculum in architecture.

This course introduces the concepts and components of a geographic information system (GIS). It also teaches the essential skills of spatial data management, analysis, and visualization through the use of the ArcGIS software package.

This course introduces the basic principles of tourism master planning, enabling students to learn how communities, governments, business, and civil society can take a more inclusive and sustainable approach to planning tourism destinations worldwide.

Zero energy buildings, also known as net zero energy buildings, are buildings (or a community of buildings) which produce with on-site renewables the same, or more, amount of energy as they consume on an annual basis.

This course lays out the significance of the international tourism industry, which represents approximately 10.4 percent of the global economy.

This course introduces contemporary theories of landscape as a medium of urbanism and product of urbanization.

It is well-known and oft-repeated in environmental health circles that we spend 90% of time indoors.

As a scarce and necessary resource, land triggers competition and conflict over possession, use, development, and preservation. For privately owned land, the market manages much of the competition.

The proseminar introduces MLA II students to a range of theories and methods in landscape architecture and their implications for practice and research.

The environment is the milieu in which designers and planners operate. It is a messy world of facts, meanings, relations and actions that calls them to intervene - i.e., to make a plan, solve a problem, create a product, or strategize a process.

The connection between health, well-being, and place is a complex one with many dimensions.

This course is the second of a two-module sequence in Building Technology (6121, 6122) and constitutes part of the core curriculum in architecture.

North America as an evolving visual environment is analyzed as a systems concatenation involving such constituent elements as farms, small towns, shopping malls, highways, suburbs, and as depicted in fiction, poetry, cartography, television, cinema, and advertising and cybernetic simulation.

This course is an introduction to the understanding of plants from non-managed plant communities to managed living structures.

Selected topics in the history of the North American coastal zone, including the seashore as wilderness, as industrial site, as area of recreation, and as artistic subject; the shape of coastal landscape for conflicting uses over time; and the perception of the seashore as marginal zone in litera

September 15, 2020
Zoom
Holly Samuelson, an assistant professor of architecture at the Graduate School of Design (GSD); Pamela Cabrera, a GSD graduate now working as a climate engineer and associate at Transsolar KlimaEngineering; and Sara Tepfer, a doctor of design student at GSD; will discuss research, funded in part by the Joint Center for Housing Studies, that combines state-of-the-art hygrothermal simulations and mold-growth computations with data on predicted weather changes in several cool-climate US cities.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm
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November 16, 2020
Zoom
The Harvard Graduate School of Design presents a lecture by Kathryn Yusoff, Professor of Inhuman Geography in the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London.
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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September 21, 2020
Webinar
The Harvard Graduate School of Design welcomes Seth Denizen, a researcher and design practitioner trained in landscape architecture and human geography, who will give a talk as part of the Kiley Fellow Lecture Series.
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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September 10, 2020
Webinar
The Harvard Graduate School of Design welcomes Linda Shi, Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, for a lecture that explores whether it is possible to achieve both social justice and environmental sustainability in efforts to mitigate urban flood risk.
Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
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May 26, 2020
WEBINAR
The Harvard Alumni for Climate and the Environment invites you to celebrate the Harvard Class of 2020 and inspire graduates to take bold climate action. Six to ten graduating Harvard undergraduate and graduate students will talk about their novel and big idea for how we should combat the climate crisis (think PechaKucha talk meets the i-Lab). Students will be asked to share their one big idea in a 3-4 minute talk during a Zoom Webinar with current students, fellow graduates, and the broader Harvard community.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 5:00pm
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May 12, 2020
WEBCAST
Join the nationally-syndicated radio show and podcast Living on Earth and Director of the Healthy Buildings Program and an Assistant Professor at Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health Joe Allen for a live-streamed interview on his new book, "Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity," co-authored with John Macomber of Harvard Business School.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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April 21, 2020
WEBCAST
David Mateos Moreno, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, GSD, will explore current patterns of ecosystem recovery of simple and complex attributes, why restored and undisturbed ecosystems are different, and particularly, why recovery is a long term process. Finally, we will hypothesize potential actions we can use to accelerate the recovery process that will bring more resilient and resistant ecosystems back.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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April 10, 2020
Zoom Webinar
Julia Smachylo, Harvard GSD, will discuss research on forest stewardship policies in the province of Ontario, and how they have shifted away from a reliance on public initiatives to tax incentives for private property owners.
Friday, April 10, 2020 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm
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March 4, 2020 to March 5, 2020
Day 1: GUND 110, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge & Buckminster's Cafe, SEAS, 11 Oxford St., Cambridge | Day 2: Wexner 434B, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
As part of a series of pre-events leading to the first Circular Economy Symposium at Harvard, join HCES for an opportunity to meet Katie Whalen, creator of the 'In the Loop' game, which uses experiential learning techniques to illustrate broad issues of resource management and the circular economy.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 (All day) to Thursday, March 5, 2020 (All day)
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February 25, 2020
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
Join Harvard GSD for the Sylvester Baxter Lecture featuring a discussion by landscape architects Ron Henderson, Julian Raxworthy, and Douglas Reed, and moderated by Danielle Choi.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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February 26, 2020
Office of Career Services, 54 Dunster St., Cambridge
The food industry is changing! Student-scientists, entrepreneurs, social scientists, and policymakers see that the alternative protein space is an arena where they can make a positive impact. The field spans many diverse disciplines, from tissue or chemical engineering to synthetic biology, from economics to data science. Attend this panel discussion to hear from alumni and others in this rapidly growing field and learn how you can make an impact! Harvard students and alumni only.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
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February 25, 2020
Office of Career Services, 54 Dunster St., Cambridge
A changing climate is dramatically affecting many sectors and organizations, and opportunities to work within this field are varied. Attend this discussion to hear from panelists working in diverse industries and job functions related to the environment in nonprofit, corporate, and government settings. Registration required. Harvard students and alumni only.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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February 6, 2020
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, GSD, 42-48 Quincy St., Cambridge
Join GSD for the Frederick Law Olmsted Lecture delivered by landscape architect Günther Vogt. Vogt's lecture will also mark the opening of the exhibition Günther Vogt: First the Forests, which is on view in the Druker Design Gallery. A reception in the gallery will take place immediately following the lecture.
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 6:30pm
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November 20, 2019
Tsai Auditorium (CGIS South), 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
The Harvard University Center for the Environment and GSD 5389: Integrated Design and Planning for Climate Change invite you for a lecture by Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, followed by a conversation with Jesse M. Keenan, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Harvard Kennedy School.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 6:00pm
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November 13, 2019
BioLabs Lecture Hall (1080), 16 Divinity Ave., Cambridge
HUCE, The Nieman Foundation, and C-CHANGE invite you for a discussion with journalist and filmmaker John D. Sutter about the BASELINE documentary series, an unprecedented look at the climate crisis, checking in with four locations every five years until 2050.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:30pm
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October 8, 2019
Askwith Lecture Hall, Longfellow Hall, Harvard GSE, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
A discussion, hosted by the Harvard Business School Global Initiative, exploring how the future of cities is impacted by water in two main manifestations: too much water (notably flooding and sea rise) or not enough water (leading to drought, extreme heat, and increased fire risk). Panelists include John Macomber, Harvard Business School; James Matheson, Oasys Water and Harvard Business School; Joyce Coffee, Climate Resilience Consulting; John Fernandez, MIT and Urban Metabolism Group; Efosa Ojomo, Global Prosperity Lead and Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation; and Loreta Castro Reguera UNAM Mexico, Taller Capital, Mexico, and Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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September 17, 2019
Fisher Museum, Harvard Forest, 324 North Main St., Petersham
Richard T. T. Forman, Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and long-time research scientist and collaborator at the Harvard Forest, will discuss his latest book, in which he makes the case for towns and villages as important, dynamic environmental 'hotspots'.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
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October 3, 2019 to October 4, 2019
Stubbins Room 112, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
Speakers will share knowledge regarding the materiality, conservation, design, and spatial forms manifest in landscapes of orisha devotion in Brazil and Nigeria. The colloquium will chart new territory in the spatial and material studies of groves, particularly those sacred groves—known in Nigeria as shrines and in Brazil as terreiros—moving from an understanding of what we do know to what we can know.
Thursday, October 3, 2019 (All day) to Friday, October 4, 2019 (All day)
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September 28, 2019
Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston
Susan Israel, AIA, LEED AP, President and Founder, Climate Creatives, will lead a workshop to allow participants to creatively work through responses to climate change.
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
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September 5, 2019
Room 121, Gund Hall, GSD, 42-28 Quincy St., Cambridge
A dissertation defense by Yingying Lu, a Harvard Graduate School of Design doctoral candidate and incoming researcher of the Harvard-China Project.
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 3:00pm
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April 3, 2019
Crowe Room, Goddard 310, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave., Medford
Ping Huang, Tufts University, will discuss "Clean Energy Innovation Landscape in China."
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 12:30pm
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April 2, 2019
Room 111, Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
Thomas Elmqvist, Professor, Stockholm University, will discuss “Sustainability, Resilience and Transformation for the Urban Century.”
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 1:00pm
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April 2, 2019
Room 1302, Bldg 1, HSPH, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston
Michael Brauer, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, will present as part of the HSPH NIEHS Center Colloquium Speaker Series.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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March 5, 2019
Room 521, Gund Hall, 42-58 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Harvard Graduate School of Design hosts Rhett Larson, Morrison Fellow in Water Law; Associate Professor, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Arizona State University, and Dilip Da Cunha, Co-Director, Risk and Resilience Master in Design Studies at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; Adjunct Professor at the GSAPP, Columbia University.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 12:00pm
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February 19, 2019
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, GSD, 42 Quincy St., Cambridge
Dilip Da Cunha, co-director of the Risk and Resilience program at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, will discuss his new book.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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November 15, 2018
20 Sumner Road, Cambridge
Professor Dietmar Eberle, architect and former dean of ETH Zurich, will give a talk entitled “200 100 50 20 10.”
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 12:00pm
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November 8, 2018
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
Public parks are a source of civic identity for the communities they serve – inclusivity and authenticity are crucial. Similarly, memorials are bastions of democratic exchange and act as repositories of our cultural past and evolution. Thomas Woltz will present projects from the portfolio of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) that demonstrate the power of the firm’s research-based design to reframe our relationship with civic, ecological, and cultural systems within the public realm.
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:30pm
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November 12, 2018 to November 13, 2018
Day 1: HBS, Cumnock Hall 102, 33 Harvard Way, Boston; Day 2: GSD, Stubbins Room 112, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
Innovations for sustainable and resilient infrastructure are disrupting the business as usual approach to infrastructure. The focus of the ZPH Workshop is to discuss what are the key innovations addressing environmental challenges and driving sustainable projects on all phases of infrastructure development: planning & financing, construction, and operation & maintenance.
Monday, November 12, 2018 (All day) to Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (All day)
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October 25, 2018
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
Michael Van Valkenburgh, Charles Eliot Professor Emeritus in Practice of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, will summarize thirty years of park-making by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with a concentration on Teardrop Park, Lower Don River, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the 2018 winning entry for Detroit’s West Riverfront Park.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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October 11, 2018
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, GSD, 42 Quincy St., Cambridge
In this lecture, Sou Fujimoto will discuss the relationship between nature and architecture as well as that between nature and man-made environment. Hosted by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design's Department of Architecture.
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 6:30pm
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November 8, 2018
Gund Hall Room 122, 42-48 Quincy St., Cambridge
"Urban Spatial Structure and Travel in China" with Lingqian (Ivy) Hu, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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April 9, 2019
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston
The Massachusetts Historical Society hosts "Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice in Boston" with Michael Brennan, University of Maine. Comment by Daniel Faber, Northeastern University.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 5:15pm
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March 12, 2019
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston
The Massachusetts Historical Society hosts "Biological Exchange in the Pacific World in the Age of Industrial Sugarcane Plantations" with Lawrence Kessler, Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. Comment by Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 5:15pm
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January 15, 2019
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston
The Massachusetts Historical Society hosts "Native American Environmental History hosts "Camp Benson and the 'GAR Camps': Recreational Landscapes of Civil War Memory in Maine, 1886-1910" with C. Ian Stevenson, Boston University. Comment by Ian Delahanty, Springfield College.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 5:15pm
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December 11, 2018
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston
The Massachusetts Historical Society hosts "A Nice History of Bird Migration: Ethology, Expertise, and Conservation in 20th Century North America" with Kristoffer Whitney, Rochester Institute of Technology. Comment by Marilyn Ogilvie, University of Oklahoma.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 5:15pm
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October 9, 2018
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston
The Massachusetts Historical Society hosts "Native American Environmental History," a panel featuring Lisa Brooks, Amherst College; Strother Roberts, Bowdoin College; Ashley Smith, Hampshire College; Thomas Wickman, Trinity College. Moderated by Cedric Woods, Institute for New England Native American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 5:15pm
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May 8, 2018
Harvard Global Health Institute, 42 Church St., Cambridge
The Harvard Global Health Institute invites you for an exciting seminar with Jesse Keenan from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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April 3, 2018
Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) retrofitted its headquarters, a pre-1940s house in Cambridge, MA, into a first-of-its-kind test case to demonstrate unprecedented levels of building efficiency and promote substantial shifts in the design and operation of existing buildings. Scheduled to coincide with the completion of the retrofit, the Harvard HouseZero Typology Symposium will gather GSD faculty members to discuss the building’s typology. Presentations will discuss design, technologies, historical issues and more—resulting in a diverse range of observations that illustrate the complexity involved in realizing an ultra-efficient retrofit and determining scalability.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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April 2, 2018
109 Gund Hall, GSD, 42-48 Quincy St., Cambridge
Anne Whiston Spirn, Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at MIT, will speak as part of the Critical Conservation Colloquia 2018 that accompanies the course Power & Place: Culture & Conflict in the Built Environment.
Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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April 24, 2018
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Graduate School of Design presents a special lecture with Stig G. Andersson, Professor in Aesthetic Design, University of Copenhagen, known for his combination of unique amenity values based on the aesthetics of nature with cutting-edge sustainable city solutions and ecosystem services.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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March 20, 2018
Kresge 439, HSPH, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston
Join the Harvard Global Health Institute for a ‘work-in-progress’ research seminar featuring two talented students from HSPH and GSD: "Protecting Human Health in a World Above Two Degrees: Smart Pathways toward Climate-Smart Health Systems in the Philippines" with Renzo Guinto, HSPH, and "From Junkyard to Peace Promotion Project: A Transdisciplinary Approach through Participatory Design" with Ignacio Cardona, GSD.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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March 5, 2018
Loeb Library, Gund Hall, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
Rhett Larson, Richard Morrison Fellow in Water Law; Associate Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, will evaluate the evolution of water law and its impacts on society through the history of the Los Angeles River, and offer a future for water law based on the martial arts philosophy of another iconic resident of Los Angeles: Bruce Lee.
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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January 26, 2018
Gund 112, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Graduate School of Design invites you to a lecture by Ken Yeang, who will discuss an approach to green and sustainable design based on the science of ecology. He will show how ecology and the ecosystem influence the design and planning of the built environment while offering a theoretical descriptive (non-stochastic) model for ecological design. Yeang's work will illustrate the ideas and principles that he presents.
Friday, January 26, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
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November 28, 2017
Harvard Global Health Institute, 42 Church St., Cambridge
The Harvard Global Health Institute presents "New Perspectives on Urban Heat" with John Spengler, Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, HSPH.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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October 20, 2017
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Harvard Graduate School of Design invites you to a panel discussion on managing, describing, and anticipating future urban disaster featuring Alejandra M. Castrodad-Rodriguez, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of San Juan, Puerto Rico (joining us by Skype) and José Juan Terrasa-Soler, Director, Marvel Architects (San Juan) and the former Director of Planning and Development for the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (joining us by Skype). The conversation will be moderated locally by Jerold S. Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design.
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:15pm
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October 25, 2017
Askwith Lecture Room, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
Worldwide Week at Harvard showcases the remarkable breadth of Harvard’s global engagement. During Worldwide Week, Harvard Schools, research centers, departments, and student organizations will host academic and cultural events with global or international themes. Please join President Drew Faust and a panel of experts in a conversation about the future of cities.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
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November 7, 2017
CIC Cambridge - Venture Cafe, 5th floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
The Boston Area Sustainability Group presents "Resilience & Our Built Environment," in which guest speakers will share select frameworks and strategies used by decision-makers to determine the resilience of the built environment around us and how it can either support or undermine our social and economic objectives. In the wake of an unprecedented season of concentrated and extreme environmental disasters – hurricanes, earthquakes, heat waves, drought, flooding and forest fires – this presentation will address a question that looms large for millions of people: How on earth do we fix the systems we have or, in some cases, rebuild after these disasters?
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
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November 1, 2017
Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Harvard-China Project hosts Guan Chenghe, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard-China Project; Research Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design who will discuss "Does Neighborhood-Scale Urban Form Influence Non-Motorized Transport in China? Toward Walkable Low-Carbon Cities."
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm
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October 3, 2017
Gund 112, Gund Hall, GSD, 42-48 Quincy St., Cambridge
Clare Lyster and Mason White join Charles Waldheim, Daniel Ibañez, and others to discuss the recently released volume, Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
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February 16, 2017
Haller Hall (102), Geological Museum, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
"The Crown Joules: Energetics, Ecology, and Evolution in Humans and Other Primates" with Herman Pontzer, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College, CUNY.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 4:00pm
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March 2, 2017
100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge
"Hidden Air: Urbanization, the Built Environment and Indoor Air Quality in China" with Gary Adamkiewicz, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Exposure Disparities, Department of Environment Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 3:30pm
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November 30, 2016
Williams Room, Spangler Bldg, HBS, Soldiers Field, Boston
Renowned real estate developer Jonathan Rose will lead an informal conversation about his new book at the Harvard Business School.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
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November 21, 2016
Room 518, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
Join Harvard GSD for a screening of the documentary film AFTER THE LAST RIVER, followed by a conversation with Director Victoria Lean and Producer Jade Blair.
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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October 20, 2016
Weld Hill Research Bldg, 1300 Centre St., Roslindale
Can nature—in all its unruly wildness—be an integral part of creative landscape design? With beautiful images, award-winning designer Margie Ruddick offers a set of principles for a more creative and intuitive approach that challenges the entrenched belief that natural processes cannot complement high-level landscape design. Hosted by the Arnold Arboretum.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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October 19, 2016
Science Center Hall B, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
HUCE and National Geographic invite you to a special pre-release screening and discussion of the documentary film, Before the Flood. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 5:30pm
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November 3, 2016 to November 4, 2016
Piper Auditorium, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure invites students and faculty to their Planning Sustainable Cities Conference and book launch. The conference will be a great platform to discuss our infrastructure-based approach to city planning as it is presented in the book.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 (All day) to Friday, November 4, 2016 (All day)
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October 18, 2016
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) hosts its 2nd Annual Lecture featuring Richard Rogers, a founding partner of Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6:30pm
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November 21, 2016
100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge
"Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi" with Gökçe Gunel (Columbia University).
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 12:15pm to 2:00pm
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November 14, 2016
100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge
"Ruderal Ecologies: Re-Thinking Urban Infrastructure in a World of Rubble" with Bettina Stoetzer (MIT).
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 12:15pm to 2:00pm
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September 10, 2016
Starr Auditorium, Belfer 200, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
The aim of this conference is to map emerging technologies that could address global grand challenges, review their disruptive characteristics, identify potential sources of social concern, and outline business models and public policies on how to address the social concerns.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 8:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11, 2016
Stubbins Room, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
This conference, hosted by the Graduate School of Design, investigates the impact of codes, concerned with mapping of environments, demarcation of legal territories, operational protocols of logistics and risk management, and codes of building and subtraction.
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 9:30am to 5:00pm
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March 10, 2016
FXB G-12, HSPH, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston
Dr. Joseph Allen and Dr. Memo Cedeno, both of HSPH, will discuss "Merging Building Science with Health Science."
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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November 13, 2015
51 Brattle Street, 2nd Floor, Grossman Common Room, Cambridge
A Green Exchange event.
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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November 17, 2015
Cruft 309, 15 Oxford St., Cambridge
Tom Graedel, Center for Industrial Ecology, Yale University, presents “The Periodic Table of Criticality and its Relationship to Product Design.”
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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October 27, 2015
CGIS Knafel, Bowie-Vernon Room K262, 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge
A conference presented by the Harvard University Asia Center and the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:30pm
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October 27, 2015
Seminar Room 125, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
Jonathan Thompson, Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest, will discuss “Changes to the Land: Four Scenarios for the Future of the Massachusetts Landscape.”
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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November 5, 2015
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
CGBC Inaugural Lecture featuring Lord Norman Foster
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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November 6, 2015
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Harvard Graduate School of Design presents their fall conference, "Sustainability in Scandinavia."
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:30pm
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October 16, 2015
Harvard Forest Seminar Room, 324 N. Main Street, Petersham
Peter Del Tredici, Arnold Arboretum and Harvard Graduate School of Design, will discuss “Urban Nature: Human Nature.”
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 11:00am
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September 18, 2015
Harvard Forest Seminar Room, 324 N. Main Street, Petersham
David Buckley Borden, Artist & Landscape Architect, Cambridge, will discuss “Hybrid Vigor: Ecology x Art x Design.”
Friday, September 18, 2015 - 11:00am
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September 21, 2015
Weld Hill Lecture Hall, Arnold Arboretum, 1300 Centre St., Boston
Rosetta Sarah Elkin, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, will discuss “Beyond Restoration: Planting Coastal Infrastructure.”
Monday, September 21, 2015 - 12:10pm
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October 7, 2015
Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge
Join a panel of thought leaders from Boston and beyond to examine how Boston will manage the impending impacts of climate change.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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June 29, 2015
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
The Wyss Institute's 6th annual international symposium will focus on the recent development and near-term impact of bioinspired robots that self-organize, respond and adapt to their environment, enhance movement, and interact in a seamless way with humans to improve health and society
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 8:15am to 6:30pm
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May 9, 2015
China Trade Center, 2 Boylston Street, Boston
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh invites you and your neighbors to "Help Shape the City's Transportation Future"
Saturday, May 9, 2015 (All day)
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April 1, 2015
Kresge G1 (Snyder Auditorium), Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute of Columbia University, will speak on Food in the Age of Sustainable Development.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
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March 24, 2015
HUCE Seminar Room, 24 Oxford Street 3rd Floor, Cambridge
Dr. Lipchin focuses his research and teaching on issues of conflict and cooperation on transboundary water and environmental problems facing Israel, Jordan and Palestine.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
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April 3, 2015
Tufts University, Behrakis Auditorium, Jaharis Family Center for Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences, 150 Harrison Avenue, Boston
The event will bring together water experts from across the country to discuss issues and solutions to today’s water challenges. This year, the event includes special guest and co-host, the ClearWater Initiative, an organization actively working to expand clean water access in Uganda.
Friday, April 3, 2015 (All day)
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February 27, 2015
Harvard Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street 1st Floor, Cambridge
The Symposium will feature 20 Harvard faculty members from 8 schools and a dozen departments giving 7 minute "speed presentations" on their current Food+ research
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm
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March 30, 2015
Calderwood Pavilion, Wimberley Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St, Boston
“The Future of the City: Can Cities be the Key to a Greener World?”
Monday, March 30, 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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February 26, 2015
Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Fort Point Room, Boston
Join A Better City at the release of their new report: Enhancing Resilience in Boston: A Guide for Large Buildings and Institutions; and its compendium online resiliency toolkit.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:30am
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February 17, 2015
Land Hall, Fourth Floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
This event features four short films that highlight innovative strategies for building disaster resilience in several major Asian cities (Bangkok, Da Nang, Phnom Penh, and Surat), followed by a panel discussion featuring academics and practitioners with expertise in disaster risk reduction and urban planning and policy.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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April 28, 2015
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston
An Arnold Arboretum lecture with Ann Forsyth, PhD, Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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February 9, 2015
OCS Conference Room, 54 Dunster Street, Cambridge
Come to this discussion featuring diverse design professionals to learn more about this innovative career field. You'll learn about design-based thinking, and hear first-hand about career paths and opportunities with design firms.
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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April 27, 2015
Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Antoine Picon (Harvard, GSD), "Cities, Technologies and Political Imaginaries"
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 12:15pm to 2:00pm
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March 24, 2015
Sackler Museum Lecture Hall, 485 Broadway, Cambridge
With Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. In conversation with Professor Jerold S. Kayden
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 6:00pm
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January 15, 2015
Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge
“Urban Water Supply-Demand Management Under Uncertainty: A Portfolio-Based Approach Applied to Melbourne, Australia and Kunming, China”
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 3:30pm
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November 14, 2014
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, 5 Harvard Yard, Cambridge
TED-style talks about engineering, technology, and innovation with a keynote speech by Hiroshii Ishii, Associate Director of the MIT Media Lab, and talks by Dr. Michael Aziz, Dr. David Keith, electroninks, Rayger, and more
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 6:00pm
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October 28, 2014
Room 112 (Stubbins) Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Energy Infrastructure: Next Generation Planning Perspectives
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (All day)
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October 27, 2014
Room 112 (Stubbins) Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Energy Infrastructure: Next Generation Planning Perspectives
Monday, October 27, 2014 (All day)
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November 7, 2014
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
This event is the first of an annual series of conferences that convenes visionaries from diverse disciplines to articulate the global environmental challenge of climate change and new strategies for sustainable building and planning. President Drew Gilpin Faust and GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi will help frame these important discussions, and TED-like presentations will feature thought-leaders within academia and industry.
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 9:00am to 12:30pm
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September 13, 2014
Northeastern University, International Village, Room 022, 1155 Tremont Street, Boston
Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, people in the sustainable construction industry can become LEED Professionals. The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only entry level sustainability designation and shows employers and clients that you have certified knowledge in the green building industry. A new LEED rating system (v4) was introduced last month and this training course is one of the few that has been updated to teach the current rating system.
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
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September 22, 2014
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston
With Paige Warren, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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July 22, 2014
Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
The program covers climate change basics that designers need to understand in order to address projects at the scale of buildings, neighborhoods, and communities.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
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July 9, 2014
Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
This course focuses on daylighting in an architectural context, stressing the integration of daylight with other sustainable design concerns such as solar gain control, electric lighting energy use, and occupant comfort, demonstrating how they can collectively act as form-givers for architecture.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
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July 14, 2014
Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
This course explores the use of computerized energy simulation in pursuit of high-performance building design.
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
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July 17, 2014
Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
This comprehensive two-day course addresses the most effective arguments, techniques, and tools for reshaping places in support of walking, biking, and transit. The course will focus in great depth on ten strategies for making better places, how to do a walkability plan, and a brief design charrette with a trendsetting local planning director.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
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Wednesday, April 8 – "Building and Planning for Climate Change"
Kairos Shen, Director of Planning, Boston Redevelopment Authority

April 30, 2013 "The Well Tempered Planet"
Jonathan Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies

September 22, 2008 "Climate Change: the Human Dimension"
President Anote Tong, President of Kiribati

The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities aims to transform the building industry through a commitment to design-centric strategy that directly links research outcomes to the development of new processes, systems, and products. Through partnerships with cities, governments, and industry thought-leaders, the Center will both disseminate findings and continue to explore the role that building efficiency plays in the larger urban context of sustainability.

Environmental Management, Design, and Planning

This multi-year ecological planning project is a collaboration among the Government of The Bahamas, the Bahamas National Trust, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). The goal is to facilitate the design and management of a more sustainable future for the Exuma archipelago, and The Bahamas more generally.

The Office for Sustainability at Harvard connects people across the University with information, tools, and inspiration for the challenge at hand: making Harvard sustainable for the long term.

In the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education programs, industry and academia’s foremost leaders join with accomplished design and real estate professionals from around the world. In this setting, we address complex challenges and discuss innovative solutions. In our dynamic learning environment, participants emerge with practical insights and valuable lessons that can be put into action right away.

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