The GSD recently hosted a number of engaging events for our community of alumni and friends. On campus, the fall lecture series kicked off with an amazing start, featuring such varied topics as landscape urbanism, architectural writing, public art interventions, and the role of communities of color in the design industry.

For its annual Alumni + Friends Weekend in early October, the School visited the windy city of Chicago, an urban environment defined by its architecture and design, and teeming with intellectual and creative capital. Harvard Design: Chicago began with the “Adaptive Architectures and Smart Materials Conference,” which investigated the potential of innovative processes and technology for architecture and industry. The conference featured over 20 thought leaders, academics, building scientists, and practitioners as presenters and discussion participants. Following this, and heading into the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, attendees of the “Alumni + Friends Weekend” visited thought-provoking structures and landscapes designed by local GSD alumni. This private, curated tour highlighted the challenges, opportunities, and innovations of each project within Chicago’s distinct built environment.

Read more about the “Adaptive Architectures and Smart Materials” conference via Architect Magazine.

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Former street artist Swoon shares how her work builds communities, as part of the Loeb Fellowship 45th Anniversary Lecture, "The Urban Impact of Collaborative Gestures."

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