Anita Berrizbeitia to head Department of Landscape Architecutre at Harvard GSD

Anita Berrizbeitia. (Courtesy GSD)

Anita Berrizbeitia. (Courtesy GSD)

Anita Berrizbeitia has been named as the new chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard GSD. Berrizbeitia is already quite familiar with the department as she is currently a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the GSD and the Director of its Master in Landscape Architecture degree programs.

“Berrizbeitia is a landscape architect specializing in theory and criticism of 19th and 20th-century public landscapes in the United States and Europe, with particular interests in material culture, design expression, and the productive functions and roles of landscape in processes of urbanization,” Harvard GSD said in a press release. “Her research on Latin American cities and landscapes centers on the creative hybridization of local and foreign cultural practices as a response to a centuries-old process of global cultural exchange; the role of large-scale infrastructural projects on territorial organization; and the interface between landscape and emerging urbanization.”

Berrizbeitia will assume her new role on July 1.

Paris pushes for car-free River Seine quayside park as anti-pollution measures tighten

(Courtesy Luxigon)

(Courtesy Luxigon)

In keeping with Paris’ mounting aversion to automobiles, Mayor Anne Hidalgo recently announced plans to bar motorists from the banks of the River Seine by summer 2016. This latest blow to motorists occurs in tandem with the all-or-nothing anti-pollution target Hidalgo set last year of banning all non-electric or hybrid vehicles from Paris’ most polluted streets by 2020.

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New York City just made biking down cobblestone streets way more fun

The Varick bike lane. (Branden Klayko / AN)

The Varick bike lane. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Cobblestone streets are beautiful to walk around and add charm to historic neighborhoods, but biking down these bumpy thoroughfares is another story. New York City has solved that problem with a new design treatment to a block-long cobblestone bike lane along Varick Street in the city’s Tribeca neighborhood.

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What’s a protected bike intersection? Salt Lake City would like to show you with the nation’s first installation

Salt Lake City's planned protected bike intersection. (Courtesy SLC.GOV)

Salt Lake City’s planned protected bike intersection. (Courtesy SLC.GOV)

Let’s be honest, if you were asked to guess which American city is getting the country’s most advanced piece of bike infrastructure, you would say San Francisco, Portland, or maybe even Pittsburgh. A handful of you might point to Chicago or New York, but very few—if any—of you would go with Salt Lake City, Utah.

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NASA crowdsourcing proposals for a built environment on Mars: Shelter, food, water, and communications systems needed

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(Courtesy NASA)

NASA is on a mission to end our parasitic dependence on earthly resources with a planned hijack of Mars. Through the Journey to Mars challenge, NASA invites applicants to submit proposals for a built environment on the red planet that is conducive to long-term human habitation and sustenance.

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This Seattle architect built a basement man cave housing 250,000 neatly arranged LEGO bricks

(Courtesy KOMO News)

(Courtesy KOMO News)

One Seattle architect’s much ballyhooed basement isn’t built from LEGO bricks, but it houses 250,000 of them in 150 meticulously sorted bins.

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designLAB Re-Wraps Rudolph

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designLAB architects conceived of the addition as a vitrine showcasing Paul Rudolph's work. (Jonathan Hillyer)

designLAB architects conceived of the addition as a vitrine showcasing Paul Rudolph’s work. (Jonathan Hillyer)

Transparent addition puts historic Brutalist library on display.

When designLAB architects signed on (with associate architect Austin Architects) to renovate and expand the Claire T. Carney Library at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, they faced a particular challenge: addressing the college’s changing educational and sustainability priorities while respecting the legacy of the campus’ original architect and planner, Paul Rudolph. “We never intended to try to preserve the building 100 percent,” explained designLAB’s Ben Youtz. “It was more about understanding Rudolph’s goals for the project, then re-presenting them to meet current needs.” Read More

Step Inside MVRDV’s psychadelic skyline design for Seoul’s High Line

Seoul Skygarden by MVRDV

Seoul Skygarden by MVRDV

Just when you were getting tired of more High Line copies, Dutch architects MVRDV has breathed new life into the genre with their winning proposal for the “Seoul Skygarden,” a 3,000 foot long section of disused elevated highway. Their design doesn’t simply reappropriate the space into a linear public parkway—it uses the original 1970s structure as the basis for an urban horticultural extravaganza.

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Bjarke Ingels opens this addition to his high school with a parkour video of a kid jumping off the walls

Aerial view of the high school. (Iwan Baan)

Aerial view of the high school. (Iwan Baan)

Since Bjarke Ingels graduated from Old Hellerup High School near Copenhagen, he’s obviously become a bit of an architectural sensation. But that doesn’t mean Ingels is too cool for school, specifically his former high school. In 2013, the architect created an undulating recreation center for the school’s central courtyard that has a ribbed, almost cathedral-like wood ceiling. At the courtyard-level, the structure forms a a man-made hill where students can hang out between classes. And that was just the start of it.

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Here’s the newest edition of YKK AP’s video series, “I am an Architect”

"I am an architect." (Courtesy YKK AP)

“I am an architect.” (Courtesy YKK AP)

You may remember that at last year’s AIA conference in Chicago, YKK AP released a video titled Do The Architect as part of their “I am an Architect” series. Now, with the AIA conference going on in Atlanta, YKK AP has released the next installment. While last year’s video was all a mashup of architects dancing, the new video is about how some people just know they are meant to be architects when they grow up.

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On View> Chatter: Architecture Talks Back at the Art Institute of Chicago

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(Courtesy John Szot Studio)

(Courtesy John Szot Studio)

Chatter: Architecture Talks Back
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Through July 12

The age of texting and tweeting has given more and more people a platform from which to opine, snipe, and complain about, well, everything—including architecture and development projects. Such is the backdrop for Chatter: Architecture Talks Back, an exhibition on view at The Art Institute of Chicago through Sunday, July 12.

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