The Loeb Fellows 2009-2010 Harvard Graduate School of Design The following mid-career practitioners, leaders in the effort to improve the quality of the built and natural environment, will be in residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for the academic year 2009-2010. Rob Bleiberg is the Executive Director of the Mesa Land Trust (MLT) in Grand Junction, Colorado. He is a leader in the vital movement to conserve land for ecological, environmental and social reasons. MLT holds permanent use easements for over 53,000 acres of land in the western part of Colorado and eastern Utah. These conservation agreements ensure the long term preservation of significant natural habitat, productive farmland, scenic open space, and greenbelts between communities that contribute to the quality of life and unique sense of place that define Colorado's Western Slope. Rob will study real estate development economics, environmental strategy and non-profit governance during his Fellowship. Patricia Leigh Brown is a contributing writer for the New York Times and Architectural Digest who works from her home base in San Francisco. She writes feature pieces, which often begin on the front page of the Times, about the cultural landscape, vernacular architecture and the relationship between people and place. Recently, Patti has written about the political and social evolution of the suburbs, specifically the “ethno-burbs” as well as planning and historic preservation in China. She is interested in exploring the demographic transformation of suburbia, and will concentrate on urban planning, landscape architecture, civic engagement and urban events during her Fellowship. Julie Campoli is a landscape architect and author whose work has focused on analyzing urban form and the relationships between place and culture and the landscape and human settlements. She is the author of several books about this topic, including Visualizing Density, co-authored with aerial photographer Alex MacLean and produced as part of a multi-phased research project sponsored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Julie is also an active consultant on large scale landscape planning and on the matter of density, and has an active training practice in the area of understanding density. She plans to study urban planning, real estate development and environmental sustainability during her Fellowship. Michael Creasey is the Superintendant of the Lowell National Historical Park, a strong model for the urban parks that comprise many of our National Park sites. His National Park Service (NPS) career has involved planning and management of partnership parks and heritage areas. As Executive Director of the Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor Commission, he developed a framework for connecting people to place that led to preservation strategies and interpretation of a significant landscape, Michael sees tremendous opportunities for the NPS to lead efforts that preserve whole landscapes and reach a broad segment of society. He plans to explore models for establishing a national strategy/system for landscape conservation during his Fellowship. Jose de Filippi has just completed a third term as the Mayor of Diadema, Brazil. Diadema located in the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo, had a reputation as a place of violence, inadequate housing and little economic potential. Under Jose’s leadership major changes have occurred. He focused particularly on innovative programs to reduce violence and on cooperative ways to renew the favelas within his community. Trained as an engineer, Jose believes good design can have a major impact on the livability of a city. Jose will study urban planning and revitalization and design during his Fellowship. Donna Graves is an arts and cultural heritage consultant and urban historian. She has worked with cities and community groups to document and activate their histories. She directed the Rosie the Riveter Memorial project for Richmond, California, which honors women’s labor during World War II. Donna’s efforts led to the expansion of this project into a National Park interpreting the diverse social history of the American WWII home front. She is currently director of a statewide project, “Preserving California’s Japantowns,” which has surveyed historic resources in nearly fifty communities. Donna will study architecture and urban planning tools for supporting community preservation during her Fellowship. Weiwen Huang is Director of the Department of Urban and Architecture Design, Shenzhen National Planning Bureau. His city, near Hong Kong, has grown from 100,000 to 10,000,000 in the last 25 years. He is very concerned that in this rush to grow, developers have dominated the thinking and how the city is shaped and that the city they are building is not sustainable. He is equally disturbed by the over-emphasis on the car and lack of attention to air pollution and sprawl. Weiwen is anxious to know how western nations have dealt with these issues and will study urban and regional planning during his Fellowship. Gil Kelley was, until recently, the Director of Planning for Portland, Oregon and prior to that he served in the same role in Berkeley, California. During his tenure, Portland preserved and redeveloped its riverfront for public access, created a new in-town neighborhood (Pearl District), began the dense, sustainable, mixed use development of the South Waterfront, and installed an award-winning streetcar system linking inner-city neighborhoods. Gil is a recognized advocate for cities leading the way on climate change. While at the GSD Gil will explore what makes an “intentional city” and possible dimensions of "new governance", where leaders, developers, designers and citizens work together more effectively to create great urban places. Neal Morris is a developer in New Orleans. He was determined, before Katrina, to build comprehensive housing developments at a higher density and in a wider range of locations than is typically found in New Orleans. He thinks this is now critical in a Post-Katrina environment. Neal focuses on housing solutions for the working poor and all of his developments include community spaces for resident services. He is concerned about the zoning ordinance and other regulations in New Orleans and is involved in efforts to re-write them and to change the regulatory environment. At the GSD Neal will study design and urban development, to improve the quality of his work and to set a good example for developers in the Gulf Coast region. Peter Steinbrueck FAIA, principal of Steinbrueck Urban Strategies, LLC, is an architect who recently completed a third successful term as a Seattle City Councilor. Peter has lead efforts to advance cutting edge sustainable practices in the Pacific Northwest. He played a major role in revamping citywide zoning to become more sustainable, and creating a new “Livability Plan” for Seattle’s urban core, to foster growth of vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods and a more pedestrian-friendly downtown. He has been an effective civic advocate for tearing down a crumbling elevated highway that separates the city from the bay of Puget Sound, Peter will study the politics, principles and best practices of urban sustainability in the U.S. while at the GSD.
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