Events

    2019 Feb 26

    David Hartt, “Urban Futures of the Recent Past”

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

    This talk borrows the sub-title from Reyner Banham’s seminal book Megastructure, published in 1976.  As a reference, Banham’s text critiques the failure of translating the energy and optimism of 60’s era civic projects into lasting institutions; thus creating fertile conditions for the seeds of our own post-ideological crisis to germinate in the capitalist restructuration of the mid 70’s.  Hartt will focus on the relationship between the speculative and documentary aspects of his practice and, in particular,...

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    2019 Feb 24

    Build a Better Bird House

    2:00pm to 4:00pm

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    125 Arborway, Hunnewell Building, Boston

    Learn how to build safe homes for native birds. This class covers best practices for general bird house design using the Arboretum's own nest boxes (for tree swallows, eastern bluebirds, black capped chickadees, and screech owls) as examples. You will learn tips for deterring predators and non-native competitors, as well as how to safely monitor young nestlings. Finally, you will build and take home your own "Chickadee Tube," a design suitable for many Boston yards. 

    Fee: $28 member, $35 nonmember

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    2019 Feb 21

    HECTOR (Jae Shin & Damon Rich)

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

    Hector is an urban design, planning & civic arts practice led by Jae Shin and Damon Rich. We work on designs for public places, neighborhood plans, and development regulations, trying to learn from traditions of popular education and community organizing to build collective understanding and action.

    Jae Shin is a designer and partner at Hector. She recently served as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), where she...

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    2019 Feb 19

    Daniel Urban Kiley Lecture: Dilip Da Cunha, “The Invention of Rivers”

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

    Separating land and water is not just an act of division; it is also an act of creation. It creates land and water from ubiquitous wetness, defining them on either side of a line. It is one of the first acts of design, setting out a ground of habitation with a line that has largely been naturalized in features such as the coastline, the riverbank, and the water’s edge. These features are subjected to artistic representations, scientific inquiry, infrastructural engineering, and landscape design with little awareness of the act that brought them...

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    2019 Feb 15

    Voices in Leadership with Jeffrey Sánchez

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    Livestreamed

    Join us for the next “Voices in Leadership” event, "Navigating Through the Noise: Finding Solutions to Complex Problems", featuring Jeffrey Sánchez, former Massachusetts State Representative. Throughout his time in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Chairman Sánchez has emphasized bringing people together to work out their differences and pass laws that improve the lives of residents in the Commonwealth, especially the most vulnerable. Most recently in 2018 he was successful in nearly unanimously...

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    2019 Feb 12

    Are Koreans Human? A Lecture with Best-Selling Author Min Jin Lee

    4:15pm

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

    Who are the modern Koreans, and what do they care about? Koreans have experienced colonialism, diaspora, war, national division, immigration, and a persistent nuclear threat—and yet, they have achieved extraordinary gains in their homelands and elsewhere. Min Jin Lee, the author of the novels Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko who is working on the third novel of The Koreans trilogy, will explore the will of Koreans to survive and flourish as global citizens, their enduring faith in education, and the costs of such a quest and what it may mean...

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    2019 Feb 09

    Winter Tree Identification

    1:00pm to 4:00pm

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    125 Arborway, Hunnewell Building, Boston

    Without their leaves, trees can be challenging to identify in the winter. However, if you consider a tree’s branching structure and buds, you can often determine its species. Former Arboretum Horticulturist and now a high school teacher, Sue Pfeiffer will speak about the clues to look for and the keys available to help you definitively identify specific trees. Dress in layers for indoor and outdoor learning.

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    2019 Feb 06

    Garden Design Workshop for Home Gardeners

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    1300 Centre St., Weld Hill Building, Roslindale

    We have the desire to make a garden, but then we grapple with how to start designing our home garden spaces. Design a layout plan for an area of your yard in this beginner-level class. Learn the organizational components of a coherent garden and practice the process of design with award-winning designer Christie Dustman. You will leave class with a plan in progress from which to continue your design explorations. This class is primarily about garden spaces rather than specific plant selection. You will be required to draw a base plan for your site (with tutelage in class) and will need...

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    2019 Feb 05

    Norman Kelley, “Things not as they are”

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Stubbins, Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

    Norman Kelley is an architecture and design collaborative based in Chicago and New Orleans. Founded in 2012 by Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley, their work draws on the limits between two- and three-dimensions. Results vary in scale and medium: site-specific drawings, furniture, and architectural interiors. Thomas Kelley is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Carrie Norman is a registered architect (Louisiana, Illinois, and New York) and an Assistant Professor at Tulane...

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    2019 Feb 04

    Beate Hølmebakk, “Constructions on Sites and Paper”

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

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    Gund Hall Piper Auditorium, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA

    The lecture will be a presentation of selected projects by manthey kula. It will focus on built work, but also on one of the office’s unbuilt “paper projects”. Beate Hølmebakk will talk about manthey kula’s approach to design and about how some of the professors from her own education; Sverre Fehn, Christian Norberg-Schulz and John Hejduk have had an influence on the work of the office.

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    2019 Feb 04

    Twins in Space

    5:00pm

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

    Spaceflight poses unusual stressors to the human body. To ensure that astronauts can perform under daunting conditions, NASA investigators have been studying the effect of long-duration spaceflight on crew members. This lecture will present the findings of the NASA Twins Study, which evaluated twin astronauts in different environments for one year: one in space and one on Earth.

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    2019 Jan 31

    Inside Innovation

    6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Location: 

    The Harvard Innovation Labs, 125 Western Ave, Allston

    Ready for a fresh start? On January 31 at 6:00pm, join us for a 90-minute, interactive session to learn why innovation matters - and how the Harvard Innovation Labs can help you turn your idea into a world-changing reality. You'll also meet other aspiring innovators from across Harvard who are in the same mindset.

    Please be sure to bring your Harvard ID.

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    2019 Jan 30

    Exhibition Opening: "Future Fossil"

    6:00pm

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    Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall, 8 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138

    In a newly commissioned exhibition, artist Clarissa Tossin considers the ecology of an uncertain future. Inspired by Octavia E. Butler’s science fiction trilogy Xenogenesis (1989), in which the Amazon becomes the site for a new civilization of alien-human hybrids, Tossin speculates upon a postapocalyptic world following ecological collapse. Pairing DIY plastic recycling techniques with the materials and practices of Amazonian aesthetic traditions, Tossin highlights the contemporary footprint left in the geological sedimentation of the earth. These new works consider...

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    2019 Jan 09

    A Far Cry Presents: Musical Legacy - An exploration of the teacher-student relationship

    7:00pm

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    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    The Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry returns to the Harvard Ed Portal for an open rehearsal and discussion featuring violinist and former instructor Pamela Frank. Sections of A Far Cry’s upcoming concert Legacy will be previewed followed by a discussion of the piece’s mission to...

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    2019 Jan 06

    Winter Birding!

    9:00am to 10:30am

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    Arborway Gate, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    Start your new year off on an easy 90-minute walk from the Arboretum's main Arborway Gate to the ponds and back. Our docent and experienced birder, Bob Mayer, will focus on winter birds, as well as admiring the woody plant collection in winter. Beginners, as well as more experienced birders, are welcome on the tour. Bring binoculars if you have them; some binoculars will be available to share. See the Arnold Arboretum's website for ...

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    2019 Jan 02

    Jace Clayton, "The Great Salt"

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

    In 1638, a work of silver known as The Great Salt arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Owned by John Glover, who died during his passage across the Atlantic, the object transferred to Glover’s widow Elizabeth, who later married Henry Dunster, the first president of Harvard. The Great Salt (on display in the silver cabinet on Level 2, Gallery 2340) is one of seven pieces of historic...

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    2019 Jan 02

    Clay—Modeling African Design

    Wed Jan 2 (All day) to Sun Nov 14 (All day)

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

    This exhibition highlights artistic innovation and creativity in Africa as seen primarily through the traditions of ceramic arts from across the continent and over its long history. Countering the assumption that African arts and societies are largely unchanging and bound to traditions and customs, the remarkable diversity of objects and styles on display here tells a different story. A selection of more than 50 works on loan from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, including those by newly discovered Nigerian artist Alice Osayewe, are shown alongside...

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    2018 Dec 08

    Measure Twice, Cut Once: Introductory Tree and Shrub Pruning

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    Instructor: Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture, Arnold Arboretum

    Put down the hedge shears! Through both classroom instruction and hands-on field training, this class will include what’s, whys, and how’s of proper pruning approaches and...

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