New mayors, Harvard connections

first_imgNew city leaders with Harvard ties Michael Brennan (Portland, Maine), Peter Buttigieg (South Bend, Ind.), Angel Taveras (Providence, R.I.), and Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, Ind.) are joining more than 20 other incoming mayors from large cities across the country at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP) Nov. 30-Dec. 2 for a three-day seminar on leadership and policy briefings on the issues they will face upon taking office.Newly elected Mayors Buttigieg ’04, Taveras ’92, and Freeman-Wilson ’82 are graduates of Harvard College; Brennan was a participant of Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program in 2004.The biennial Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors, co-sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is traditionally held at the IOP at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. The newly elected U.S. mayors will participate in a variety of sessions led by academics, practitioners, and current and former mayors. Focusing on training for new city leaders, topics include the global economy, transitioning from the campaign to City Hall, finance and administration, and jobs and economic development.“We are pleased to welcome new U.S. mayors to Harvard,” said Trey Grayson, director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics. “This conference provides new city leaders an opportunity to gain important insights from scholars, policy experts, and political practitioners on a myriad of management challenges and key issues they will face.”last_img read more

Gold Coast school wins top regional design award

first_img The classrooms are designed to enjoy natural ventilation. Photo: Angus MartinThe college, designed by Brisbane-based Macksey Rush Architects on behalf of Brisbane Catholic Education, was noted for its use of scale, materials and access to open space.Design architect Jacquie Maestracci said the college was designed to work sustainably with the hilly 13-hectare site which sits between housing and semirural bushland.“All of the spaces are naturally ventilated and designed to take advantage of the fantastic breezes on the site,” she said.“Rainwater is collected with a bioretention basin and a billabong pond which acts as filtration so all stormwater is handled on the site.” The master plan was designed by Macksey Rush Architects. Photo: Angus MartinSt Joseph’s College in Coomera has been named Top Building of the Year for the master plan of a P-12 college for 1800 students and the design of stage 1 for 400 students.Stage one of the eight-stage project opened at the start of last year, welcoming prep to grade 4 and grade 7 students, with stage 2 now under construction. Casuarina House, designed byVokes and Peters, was awarded House of Year.Just over the border in NSW, Casuarina House, designed by Brisbane architects Vokes and Peters, was awarded House of the Year.Both Casuarina House and St Joseph’s College have now been short-listed for the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Architecture Awards, to be judged in coming months. ENVI Micro Village, Southport, by degenhartSHEDD won the Regional Project of the Year award while Cantala Avenue House by ME Architects was named Regional House of the Year. St Joseph’s College in Coomera has been named Building of the Year.A new college on the northern Gold Coast has been recognised for its outstanding design, taking out the region’s top architectural gong.The best residential, commercial and urban design projects on the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers NSW are announced today by the Australian Institute of Architects Regional Architecture Awards. Access to outdoor spaces is a feature of the design. Photo: Angus MartinAround 2.5 hectares has been retained as a regenerated koala habitat and wilderness education area which will eventually form part of the school’s curriculum. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The landscape is often the unsung hero in schools. Having access to green space and large, established trees is really important,” Ms Maestracci said.“It’s been amazing to see the change both on the site and in the suburb over the past three years. The growth in that school is outstripping anyone’s expectations.”last_img read more