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Mohsen Mostafavi is named dean of Design School

first_imgMohsen Mostafavi, an international figure in the fields of architecture and urbanism, will become the dean of the Faculty of Design beginning in January 2008, President Drew Faust announced today (Aug. 10).An accomplished academic leader, architect, and scholar, Mostafavi is currently the dean of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, where he is also the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture. Formerly an associate professor of architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) and director of the Masters of Architecture I program, he served for nine years as chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, one of Europe’s foremost schools of design, before his appointment at Cornell.“Mohsen Mostafavi has an impressive record of leadership at two distinguished schools of architecture and design, and his intellectual vitality and international outlook promise to serve our Design School well,” said Faust. “His interests extend across the GSD’s principal domains of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design, and his leadership style is marked by an openness to new ideas and an instinct for crossing boundaries in creative ways. He is also a highly respected scholar and educator who has longstanding ties to the Design School and who bridges the worlds of theory and practice with unusual aplomb. It will be a pleasure to welcome him back to Harvard and to work with him as he and his colleagues create the brightest possible future for the GSD.”“I am deeply honored and excited by my appointment to the GSD,” said Mostafavi. “I look forward to working with the School’s extraordinary students, faculty, and staff. To return to Harvard at such a pivotal moment and to have the opportunity to work with President Faust is an incredible privilege. I know she shares my belief in the importance of design as an indispensable part of making the world a better place and the importance of collaboration across the University. It is particularly gratifying to return to Harvard, where I spent many happy years.”Mostafavi will succeed Dean Alan Altshuler, who will serve through the end of December. “I want to thank Alan for his exceptionally thoughtful and devoted service as dean of the GSD these past several years and for his willingness to carry forward his leadership through the fall term,” Faust said. “He is a remarkable citizen of the University, whose wisdom and counsel will greatly benefit Mohsen as he prepares to assume the deanship.”As dean of Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning since 2004, Mostafavi has led a school with some 100 faculty members and nearly 800 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 30 countries. The college’s programs range from architectural design, history, and theory to urban policy and planning to the visual arts. Mostafavi was also responsible for establishing the college’s new educational facility in New York City designed to give students a unique opportunity to live and study in the center of the architecture and art world, where he has been teaching and conducting research related to ecological urbanism. He is credited for the commissioning of Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture as the designers of the College’s new Paul Milstein Hall. While at Cornell Mostafavi served as a member of the provost’s committee of deans, the social science deans committee, as a member of the board of trustees committee on buildings and property, and the university’s architecture advisory committee, in addition to representing Cornell in the National Humanities Alliance.From 1995 to 2004, Mostafavi was chairman (the equivalent of dean) of the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London. He is credited with having bolstered the AA’s reputation as one of Europe’s leading centers of architectural study, while guiding a transformation of the studio experience for students, launching new programs in such fields as landscape urbanism and emergent technologies, and bringing to fruition an array of notable exhibitions and publications.Born in Iran, Mostafavi received a diploma in architecture from the AA in 1976. He then undertook research on counter-reformation urban history at the University of Essex (1976-81) and the University of Cambridge (1981-84). After serving as a design critic at Cambridge and a visiting professor at the Frankfurt Academy of Arts (Städelschule), he taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. He then served at Harvard as associate professor of architecture at the GSD from 1990 to 1995 and directed the Masters of Architecture I program from 1992 to 1995.As a scholar and educator, Mostafavi is particularly known for his studies of building surfaces and how they change over time, as well as his interest in the interplay of natural and built systems in the design and planning of urban environments. His books include “Surface Architecture” (MIT Press, 2002, with David Leatherbarrow), which received the 2003 Bruno Zevi Book Award of the International Committee of Architectural Critics (CICA) for distinguished contribution to architectural criticism; “Delayed Space” (Princeton Architectural Press, 1994, with Homa Farjadi); and “On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time” (MIT Press, 1993, with David Leatherbarrow), which won the American Institute of Architects’ commendation prize for writing on architectural theory. His research and design projects have been published in numerous leading journals, and he has recently edited and contributed to “Landscape Urbanism: A Manual for the Machinic Landscape” (2004) and “Structure as Space” (2006) on the work of the innovative Swiss engineer Jürg Conzett.A member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation European Union Prize committee, Mostafavi has served on the Institute’s Gold Medal selection committee, the steering committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the international design committee of the London Development Agency, and chaired the European selection committee for the Holcim Awards for sustainable construction.Mostafavi maintains a global consulting practice and is married to Homa Farjadi, a professor in practice of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania who also has a professional practice in London.last_img read more

What not refinancing can cost a member?

first_imgThe other day the Wall Street Journal published an interesting article entitled “The Steep Cost of Not Refinancing.” There’s lots of memberlicious nuggets here to take away. The entire article can be found here.The premise of the article is that by not refinancing a mortgage loan when interest rates drop can cost a home owner tens of thousands of dollars in savings over the life of the loan.The article quotes a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research that states as of the end of 2010 nearly one in five American homeowners had not taken advantage of lower interest rates. And it states that the present day dollars a member foregoes is about $11,000. That’s a lot of money!Since then, I’m sure many have as rates were entering a low point at that time, but let’s assume that there’s still 20% of Americans who haven’t refinanced. What could that mean for Credit Unions wanting to be memberlicious?Well, let’s say we have a 10,000 member Credit Union. We know that about 60% of Americans are homeowners so in our pretend example, we’ve got 6,000 who own their home. Translate the 20% who didn’t refinance and you’ve got 1,200 members or 12% of the membership who could benefit from a Credit Union low cost refinance. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Connected cars accelerate down data-collection highway

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO | That holiday trip over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house could turn into nice little gift for automakers as they increasingly collect oodles and oodles of data about the driver.Automakers are collecting valuable pieces of information thanks to the internet connections, cameras and sensors built into most vehicles in recent years. The online access makes it possible for cars to be unlocked remotely if the keys are lost. It’s how safety features can be upgraded wirelessly and maintenance schedules adjusted based on performance.But these digital peepholes are also offering a windshield-size view of people’s lives. That’s creating the potential for intrusive marketing pitches and government surveillance.FILE – In this April 22, 2014, file photo, a worker cleans a Tesla Model S sedan before an event to deliver the first set of cars to customers in Beijing. Automakers are collecting almost every shred of information thanks to vehicles’ built-in internet connections, cameras and sensors. The internet connectivity is how cars can be unlocked remotely if the keys are lost. It’s how safety features can be upgraded wirelessly and maintenance schedules adjusted based on performance. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)No serious incidents have occurred in the United States, Europe and Japan, but a red flag has already been raised in China, where automakers have been sharing location details of connected cars with the government.“We are not that far away from when 100 percent of all new cars will come equipped with data modems,” Navigant Research analyst Sam Abuelsamid predicted. “Having the potential to collect more data about people in their cars means there is going to be potential for abuses, too.”Here are some key questions about the auto industry’s acceleration down the data-collection highway:Q: What kind of cars collect data?A: In 2016, about one in every five cars sold globally could be plugged into the internet, according to BI Intelligence. By 2020, about three out of every four cars sold will be online.So if you are driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla, you probably only have to worry about the tracking and data collection being done by the smartphone resting on the cup holder. But as those older models go to the scrapyard, it will become difficult to avoid a vehicle set up for gathering data that will be sent to automakers.Q: Which automakers are leading the way in this trend?A: General Motors accounted for 46 percent of connected-car shipments last year, according to the market research firm Counterpoint. They’re followed by BMW (20 percent), Audi (14 percent) and Mercedes Benz (13 percent). In addition, Tesla’s Model S sold since 2012 all come with connectivity. The firm said the biggest markets for connected car sales last year were China (32 percent), the United States (13 percent), Germany (11 percent) and the United Kingdom (9 percent).Q: Do I own data that’s collected?A: Under U.S. law, it’s unclear.Drivers own the data stored in the “black boxes” that monitor vehicles in a crash. Police and insurers need a driver’s consent — or a court order — to get that data. But there are no laws addressing data collected by automakers through vehicle internet connections.So far, few automakers will share their data in the United States without the owners’ consent, Abuelsamid said. Twenty companies — including GM, Toyota, Ford, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz — signed a voluntary agreement in 2014 to get permission before sharing a driver’s location, health or behavior with third parties. The agreement doesn’t require approval from drivers for data to be shared with emergency workers or for internal research.One of the most notable exceptions is electric car maker Tesla Motors, which has released data publicly to reveal — sometimes within hours of a crash — how fast a driver was traveling and whether the company’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system was engaged after a collision.Q: In what ways are automakers passing along data when drivers allow it to be shared?A: They’re giving the data to insurers to determine the premiums that should be charged, if a driver consents. This could be good if data indicates drivers are cautious, adhere to speed limits and seldom log lots of miles. But insurance premiums could jump for drivers who are prone to speeding or frequent hard braking — all of which could be interpreted as raising the risks for accidents. Insurers would also know whether your seat belt is fastened.Q: Can I stop an automaker from collecting my data?A: Most automakers let owners decline, or opt out of, data collection, but that’s usually buried in the fine print. Otherwise, permission is assumed. Also, unlike smartphones, some data collection may be required to ensure that cars operate safely and can receive essential software updates. That’s especially true as more vehicles come with features such as semi-autonomous driving. And it could be necessary in order to have self-driving vehicles.Q: Should I be worried about automakers using my data in ways that are annoying or compromise my privacy?A: Probably, if what has happened with smartphones is a reliable gauge.As automakers collect more data about drivers, they’re more likely to look for ways to profit. The built-in display screens and mapping software would seem to be ideal spots for posting advertisements, similar to what Google, Facebook, Amazon and many other internet companies already do.The business consultancy McKinsey has estimated automotive data could be worth $450 billion to $750 billion worldwide by 2030. Ford Motor CEO Jim Hackett may have foreshadowed what’s coming as he boasted in a recent interview about how much the automaker already knows about its customers who get their loans through its financial services division. All the lending information has allowed Ford to learn how much money people, where they live, where they live and whether they are married.“We’ve never ever been challenged on how we use that,” Hackett told a Freakonomics podcast last month.AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher in Detroit contributed to this story.last_img read more

Crosby, Penguins get even with 4-3 win over Rangers

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second period of Game 2 against the New York Rangers in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday, April 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK (AP) – Sidney Crosby scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins evened their first-round playoff series with the New York Rangers with a 4-3 win Saturday night.The Rangers won Game 1 by making Crosby virtually invisible and keeping Evgeni Malkin out of the danger zone. On Saturday, both of them and the Penguins as a whole showed more jump, possessing the puck and keeping New York off-balance. Forcing turnovers in the decisive second period, shutting down the Rangers’ power play and generally controlling the pace, the Penguins got even.Crosby, naturally, was at the center of the turnaround. He broke a 1-1 tie by knocking in a rebound of Patric Hornqvist’s shot in the second period. Then Crosby made a diving deflection past Henrik Lundqvist of a pass from Chris Kunitz on the right wing boards following a Rangers giveaway in their zone.At that point, Crosby had four shots on goal in the series, with two going in.Game 3 is Monday night in Pittsburgh. The Rangers had the league’s best road record this season while also winning the Presidents’ Cup for top overall record.Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 23 saves for the Penguins, while Lundqvist had 18.The resilient Rangers got back in it early in the third period on, of all things, their previously sputtering power play. Derick Brassard knocked in a rebound from short range after strong pressure with Blake Comeau penalized early in the third.Derek Stepan hit the goal post on the first shot of another power play less than three minutes later. And while killing a penalty, Martin St. Louis and Carl Hagelin both couldn’t get to a loose puck behind Fleury in the crease.On that same power play, Kunitz made it 4-2, sweeping in the rebound of Brandon Sutter’s short shot.Rick Nash scored with 5.1 seconds to go for New York.The Rangers opened the scoring in the first period. Stepan was robbed by Fleury from the slot late in the first period, but on New York’s next rush, Ryan McDonagh fed J.T. Miller on left wing, and his perfect pass to nearly the same spot in the slot hit Stepan in stride. He beat Fleury to the far post this time – one of only three Rangers shots in the period.While the Rangers’ power play struggled, Sutter nearly tied it midway in the second with a short-handed wrist shot that clanged off the goal post. Then he did tie it with a rebound off a deflection on a Pittsburgh power play.NOTES: The game was more than seven minutes old before either team managed a shot on goal, Mats Zuccarello’s wrist shot into Fleury’s midsection. Almost two minutes later, Malkin got the Penguins’ first shot on goal. … The teams were tied 1-1 after two games in their 2014 second-round playoff series. Pittsburgh won the next two, then New York took the final three on its way to the Stanley Cup Finals.last_img read more

Award-winning Mulroy Woods to host romantic Wedding Fayre

first_imgThe award-winning Mulroy Woods hotel in Milford is hosting their annual Wedding Fayre this Sunday 10th February from 2-5pm.Future brides and grooms will be welcomed to a stunning afternoon of live music, food and exhibitions in the elegant and sophisticated Glashagh Suite.This is a day not to be missed – with key dates being release for 2019. This event will be a great opportunity to talk with the wedding coordinators and find out about the amazing offers at Mulroy Woods. There will be champagne and canapés on arrival, as wedding couples will be invited to meet with wedding coordinators and to browse along the wedding suppliers showcasing everything from cakes to photography.Your Vision, Your Wedding, Your WayFacebook: Mulroy Woods Hotel www.mulroywoodshotel.comAward-winning Mulroy Woods to host romantic Wedding Fayre was last modified: February 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:mulroy woodswedding fayrelast_img read more

Itlhabolole: beauty from waste

first_img MediaClubSouthAfrica Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Itlhabolole was started in 2000 by a group of 21 people, mostly women. In 2005 the group received their biggest funding, to the tune of US$51 200 (R387 700), from the National Lotteries Board. Also in 2005, it was a recipient of a $2 640 (R20 000) donation from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Khula Enterprise, which facilitates access to funding for small and medium businesses. The Small Enterprise Development Agency also gave Itlhabolole $6 600 (R50 000) in that year. “This is a project that shows that women are an economic power in rural areas and are determined to fight poverty,” said then DTI deputy minister Elizabeth Thabethe at the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network imbizo in 2005. The funds catapulted Itlhabolole to a prolific and stable organisation that is able to generate income for its members. Today the cooperative consists of 18 people, 14 of whom are women and two are youth. “We sell our products and we also do exhibitions across the country. We try to boost our families,” said Khambule. “The project is not exactly big; we are just trying to sustain it.” The DTI’s support for the group has been quite commendable, said Khambule. The National Development Agency (NDA), which is mandated by the government to fund community projects, has been funding Itlhabolole for the past two years. “The DTI and NDA are helping us a lot.”Growth and success Within just a year of its launch in 2000 the women were able to build their project’s headquarters in their village. The cooperative continues to enjoy its success and growth. Its impressive showing at Decorex Joburg, an expo that took place in the city in August, secured Itlhabolele a deal to showcase its products to Germany in an exhibition in 2010, and a chance to get its products into German markets. The annual Decorex event, a convergence of local and international designers, showcased chic indoor and outdoor designs. Itlhabolole received an overwhelming response at Decorex and its products were sold out within two days. The project took home a silver medal in the Best Product category. “This recognition is not only for the work that this organisation is doing, it also confirms for the women of Itlhabolole Waste Management that life is what you make of it,” said Potlako Ntlatleng, NDA North West provincial manager. “In a time when concern over the environment is gaining much attention, a small village in a corner of South Africa is creating wealth out of the waste that litters our streets,” Ntlatleng said. The group has established a strong client base in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kimberley and Botswana. “We also trained groups of people on recycling in Kimberley and Botswana,” said Khambule.More than just a business Itlhabolole is more than just a business project; it is also an NGO. As part of its community work the group embarked on a cleaning campaign in Ikopeleng village in October 2009. Khambule said the campaign, which was also supported by their local municipality, was quite a success. She said they are on a drive to convince the government to lead clean-ups in villages. “We want to encourage the government to take part in these campaigns.” Khambule added that they were looking ahead to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, when millions of visitors are expected to flock to South Africa. “The country must be beautiful,” she said.Environmental responsibility Teaching school-going youth about the necessity of a clean environment has also become the group’s work. They visit schools to drive a clean environment message. “It must ring in their heads that we need a clean environment,” said Khambule. Farming could also become Itlhabolole’s next major success. The group has recently received a piece of land in their village and plan to use it to grow their gardening business. At present, they sell their vegetables in surrounding villages in North West province. But the ultimate dream is to be able to supply major markets. “I dream about the farm becoming big, if we could just have a bigger market,” said Khambule. She said they continue to receive support from other government ministries, such as the Departments of Agriculture as well as Arts and Culture. The latter department recently provided art and administration learnerships for Itlhabolole.First published on 28 October 2009 by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. 8 January 2010 A band of motivated women from Ikopeleng village in South Africa’s North West province are leading a groundbreaking project that turns bin-destined waste into stylish clothing and indoor designs. Itlhabolole Waste Management (Ithlabolole is Setswana for “develop yourself”) produces trendy ladies’ bags, traditional Tswana clothing, shoes, plastic wreaths, dustbins, peg holders, mats and placemats from plastic. “We collect dirty plastics to create beautiful artefacts,” says founding member Margaret Khambule. “The people we work with are very passionate about the project.”last_img read more

BlogBridge topic expert on Web 2.0

first_imgPart of my duties as the self-proclaimed Father of Web 2.0 is to help spread the word and get people interested in Web 2.0. BlogBridge has just published a list of some of my favourite Web 2.0-focused blogs. Note that it’s not a directory of all Web 2.0 related feeds, just a selection of feeds I visit regularly.I’m in good company in the BlogBridge topic expert lists. Dan Gillmor has one for journalism and Jeff Clavier has a list of VC blogs – and there are others. BlogBridge is an open source RSS Aggregator that I haven’t talked as much about as I should’ve. It’s a downloadable app, so that’s probably why. I prefer Web-based systems. Still it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for a new RSS Aggregator. Tags:#Blogging#web Related Posts richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

UPDATED! Poll: Which Instant Messaging Client(s) Do You Use?

first_imgDue to demand in the comments, 3 new IM clients have been added to the poll. You can now vote for Pidgin, Miranda, and Apple’s iChat. Apologies for omissions! Our poll this week focuses on IM clients. This weekend Corvida wrote that interoperability between popular IM clients is happening, albeit slowly. One thing that Corvida mentioned got me wondering: “Digsby is poised to take a serious amount from the market share of the standard clients because of its interoperability not only with IM clients, but also because of the integrated social networks and even email.” With that in mind, let us know which IM clients you currently use in the poll below.UPDATE: Due to demand in the comments, Pidgin and Miranda have been added. At time of adding, 3651 votes had been cast. Apologies to fans of those two IM clients for the omission.UPDATE 2: Also added iChat (3983 votes cast). Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Photo credit: BigBlue Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Features#Polls#web richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Defender Silva leaves Ceres

first_imgCeres-Negros lost a key piece in its title-retention campaign in the Philippines Football League after defender Alvaro Silva left the Bacolod-based club.The 35-year-old Silva, the only Filipino player to win the AFC Cup, made his decision just a couple of days after the Busmen’s exit in the Asean zone semifinals at the hands of Vietnamese side Hanoi FC.ADVERTISEMENT Silva wrote a heartfelt message on his social media accounts thanking the Bacolod-based club that signed him shortly after his Azkals stint in the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.“Sometimes difficult decisions must be taken and even though I haven’t been with the club for so long, everyone involved with Ceres made me feel at home,” said Silva, who played all 10 matches for Ceres in the AFC Cup this season. “I am forever grateful to Ceres.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesA tough, no-nonsense defender, who won the AFC Cup while playing for Kuwaiti club Qadsia in 2014, the 6-foot-2 Silva has reportedly gotten offers to move to the Thai Premier League. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Escoto gets his moment in limelight Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more