Risk and Resilience is a concentration track, part of Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Master in Design Studies program. It is co-coordinated by Diane Davis, Professor of Urbanism and Development, and Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning.
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OPEN LETTER FROM RISK AND RESILIENCE COORDINATORS
Diane Davis, Professor of Urbanism and Development
Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning
Have you thought about the fact that cities around the world are facing unpredictable challenges (natural disasters, long-term environmental change, public health crises, extreme social inequity, and violence) in increasing intensity?
Risk and Resilience, a concentration area within the Master in Design Studies, takes an anticipatory approach to spatial planning, providing communities, systems, and sites with tools to effectively prepare for, cope with, and manage rapid change and the spatial, social and economic vulnerabilities it produces. The program equips students with the critical skills and methodologies to define and develop new, preemptive forms of practice. Grounded in the physical, students work with populations and sites that are prone to socio-political conflict and environmental change.
This post-professional program is research-oriented and widely trans-disciplinary, working across Urban Planning and Design, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Public Policy and Public Health. Students construct their own program of study from course offerings at the GSD as well as from the Harvard Kennedy School, the School of Public Health, Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Harvard Humanitarian Institute, or other departments in the University.
Upcoming Event: Design for Urban Disaster conference, May 5-7, 2014 at Harvard Graduate School of Design. The conference is organized by visiting professor David Sanderson.
March, 2014: RISK AND RESILIENCE student Lindsay T. Woodson awarded fellowship from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. As part of the fellowship, Woodson will be working in the Homeland Security department of the Mayoral office of Los Angeles, CA, where she will be creating resiliency plans for the city. This unique opportunity is in response to the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities” initiative, which LA was recently awarded.
Janurary, 2014: RISK AND RESILIENCE student Maria Ignacia Arrasate is part of a five-person group of Harvard students to win contest for fresh ideas to speed recovery from Japanese quake and tsunami. Read about it in this report by the Harvard Gazette.
Image excerpted from the winning report of “Here Today. Here Tomorrow” (read full report here).
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