Friday, December 9, 2011

Industrial Designer Uses PVs and OLEDs to Create Urban Displays

"UrbanTiles, created by Israeli designer Meidad Marzan, offers a glimpse into how OLEDs could potentially light up our cityscapes, in the form of two-sided, reversible tiles that have photovoltaics on one side which collect sun energy during the day, and on the flip side, OLEDs which shine using that power at night."

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View the project on Meidad's website:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Where Do You Give: Reimagining Tzedakah for the 21st Century

The Where Do You Give? National Design Competition is searching for talented designers who can translate tzedakah's meaning into compelling, relevant design. That is why we have created a design competition to invite a new generation of globally conscious designers to celebrate the critical role that tzedakah plays in today’s world.

Where Do You Give? challenges artists, designers and conceptual thinkers to create an updated vehicle for giving in the 21st century that inspires a national conversation among all of us who seek to engage more deeply with our communities—be they geographic, ethnic, national or other—about where we give, to whom and why.

Reimagine the tzedakah box—an ancient ritual object used to collect money for charitable causes—and you could win $2500, be featured in a national exhibit and have an opportunity to travel internationally to meet with some of AJWS’s grassroots partners. Watch this video or go to to learn more.

There are also many other ways to participate:
  • Read and comment on the blog, featuring articles about tzedakah and giving. Want to write for us? Submit a post to
  • Upload your own video about philanthropy or offer your own personal memories of giving.
  • Explore our educational materials.
  • Tweet about us to spread the word about the competition to artists and designers, Jewish and non-Jewish. Here's a sample tweet to copy and paste: “Enter @AJWS 's awesome new design competition @WhereDoYouGive. Win $2500 and a chance to travel! #WhereDoYouGive “

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

GSD Sukkah Featured in ArchDaily

Prominent architecture blog ArchDaily picked up the story about this year's GSD Sukkah. View their full spread by clicking on the link down below.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Libeskind's German Military Museum

Jewish architect Daniel Libeskind punctures a 135-year-old original structure with a five-story wedge of glass, concrete and steel.

 “It was not my intention to preserve the museum’s facade and just add an invisible extension in the back. I wanted to create a bold interruption, a fundamental dislocation, to penetrate the historic arsenal and create a new experience. The architecture will engage the public in the deepest issue of how organized violence and how military history and the fate of the city are intertwined.”—Daniel Libeskind

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

GSD Sukkah Party A Great Success!

The event garnered a large crowd from both the design school and Hillel communities.

The event featured Israeli wine tasting courtesy of BLM Wine and Spirits.

Harvard Hillel board member and Sukkah design competition supporter Robert Kargman discusses the design with Jiayu Qin, a member of the volunteer student construction team.

GSD professor Richard Peiser outside the sukkah with design team leader Tian Ren.

GSD students learning about the sukkah competition process and the design concept from the poster outside the sukkah.

DdesS candidate Matan Meyer and Administrative Director of Advanced Studies Programs Barbara Elfman.

This year's lead sukkah designer Tian Ren, and last year's sukkah designer Benjamin Lehrer.

Atara Lindenbaum-Bressman with daughter Dahlia and Hillel Rabbanit Sharon Weiss-Greenberg with son Yehudah.

On line for delicious falafel and chummus from Jerusalem Pita.

Design team members Tian Ren and Nick Gu with JewSD founder and sukkah competition organizer Elliot Glassman.

A line of students entering the sukkah.

Students inhabiting the sukkah.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2011 GSD Sukkah

Click on one the thumbnails below to see a slideshow of images of the completed GSD Sukkah!

Congratulations to the winning team of the design build competition, Tian Ren, Nick Gu, and Patchara Wongboosin! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the construction!

Thanks to Harvard Hillel for generous sponsorship of the competition and construction

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sukkah Party at GSD!!!

Come celebrate the completion of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Sukkah, designed by the winners of GSD's first Sukkah Design Competition!  

Featuring winning design by Tian Ren, Nick Gu and Patchara Wongboosin.

Delicious Middle Eastern Food (Vegetarian and Kosher).  Wine.  Israeli Wine Tasting. Cutting-Edge Sukkah Design.  Outdoors.  Everyone is Welcome.


Tuesday, October 18th 5 - 6:30 PM
GSD Backyard
Gund Hall
48 Quincy

Sukkah Design Competition and Party Sponsored by Harvard Hillel, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the World Zionist Organization, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and JewSD, GSD's Jewish Students Group. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

GSD Sukkah Under Construction!!!

The winners of the GSD Sukkah design build competition has been announced! Congratulations to the winning team Tian Ren, Nick Gu, and Patchara Wongboosin.

Thanks to Harvard Hillel for generous sponsorship of the competition and construction!

The design concept for the winning submission, 'Long':

The sukkah is a reminiscence of fragile dwellings in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. For this Sukkah project, the pavilion is designed as a long journey which recalls this history. It also tides back to this long Jewish tradition of Sukkah construction. The journey starts with entering to a narrow corridor that gradually ascends and this is where one prepares oneself to enter the main space. At the end of the corridor, the space turns and descends into the long resting space, where people rest and rejoice. This turning configuration creates the longest path within the given boundary. The walking journey itself is also a process of resting. The sukkah is constructed with standard wooden profiles of sectional framed structure. This tectonic modulation creates a long continuous wrapping screen which is the structure itself and allows for different degree of visual connection with the exterior.

The sukkah construction is well underway. Here are some photos of the progress:

Winning team leader Tian Ren discusses the design in the woodshop with a construction volunteer.

JewSD member and construction volunteer Mia Scharphie measures a piece of wood for prefabrication.

Construction begins!

The first module is complete! Six more to go...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Upcoming Events/GSD Dinner

  • "Apples & Honey" event on Monday, Sept. 26 at 6:30-8:30pm at Harvard Hillel. Sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School Jewish Caucus.
  • Join us Friday night for a GSD Rosh Hashana/Shabbat dinner at the Chabad House! We will have our own tables reserved especially for the design school (and our guests) where we can meet each other and enjoy a free holiday dinner. Please RSVP to me if you haven't already so I can make sure to reserve enough space.

Monday, September 19, 2011

GSD Design.Build.Sukkah

JewSD announces a school-wide Sukkah Design contest!

To download the complete competition brief click on the following link:

Friday, September 16, 2011

New Tel Aviv Museum by GSD Prof Preston Scott Cohen

Full Story from Metropolis magazine:

Introducing JewSD

Welcome to JewSD!

While a Jewish student group has existed at the Design School in the past, it has been a few years since one was active. JewSD is new initiative to establish such a group, but is already growing and has representation across the various disciplines at the GSD.

One of JewSD's missions is to connect with other Jewish Student Associations at the other Harvard Schools and share in events happening on campus. Additionally, the JewSD will hold its own events that are the unique product of design practice and Jewish heritage. For example, an exciting Sukkah design/build competition will be announced in the coming days. 

If you would like to get involved in JewSD, send us an email and join our mailing list!