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January 21, 2016

By Chad Porter

This past summer, HKS organized its first-ever Design Slam. This competition is a unique challenge that looks to use design as a solution to many global challenges, from poverty to climate change. Participating teams were asked to identify any problem in the world, and create a design solution for it. We received seven submissions from HKS offices around the globe. Each submission is truly unique and addresses a range of social issues, from gentrification in D.C., to transportation challenges in Mexico, slums in India, traffic in Atlanta, heat and public space in Phoenix and the aging population of China. Geraldo Palma Romero won the grand prize of $1,000.

January 12, 2016

By Daniel Inocente (DC) & Kevin Vandeman (DC)

The Idea Fellowship continues as the Holistic Design Workflow team makes advances in the research and application of computational strategies. As buildings and the industry become increasingly technological, architects are challenged to continuously develop new ways of mastering the intricacies across ever-changing elements and systems. The architecture of today has not only been infused with technological growth, but it has also become dependent on it. Technology has enabled numerous design processes and yet not one single process can fully solve the thousands of contingencies that present themselves as a project evolves. Today, the design of a building is a challenge of bringing together various technological systems, outside of our domain, that rely on computational processes.

January 7, 2016

Lisa Adams (Chicago), Jen Faist (Chicago), Elise LaPaglia (London), Donna Sharpe (DC), Josh Tooill (Shanghai)

Our team has embarked on our next phase: Critical Analysis and Survey Content Creation. We have successfully narrowed our focus to Generation Z. The goal now is to thoroughly take apart and look at the important segments of our literary review. Our team’s aim is to analyze and offer insights into the secondary research we have already collected, and begin to formulate our thesis.

January 6, 2016

Rachel Campbell, HKS London in Shanghai

I was lucky to get away to Beijing for a long weekend on the super fast high speed train, the scenery whizzing past. Firstly I visited the amazing Forbidden City - which you enter through Tian'anmen, the Gate of Heavenly Peace located off Tian'anmen Square.