Harvard expands creative vision in Allston

first_imgHarvard University on Monday unveiled plans for the development of a new hub for arts innovation on North Harvard Street in Allston.The ArtLab will feature spaces that allow faculty, students, and artists to cross media and academic boundaries to explore possibilities in sensory experience and social cognition. The lab will also host exhibitions and performances, bringing together Harvard, its growing Allston campus, and the community.“The ArtLab will be more than just a space — it will be an important addition to Harvard’s burgeoning arts environment, a home where faculty, staff, and students can engage in the kinds of interdisciplinary collaboration both within and beyond the curriculum that is a hallmark of Harvard’s strong and diverse arts community,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “The ArtLab also represents our firm commitment to ensuring that creative and artistic innovation are at the heart of our campus. I have no doubt it will both complement and benefit from what is already a vibrant and growing arts community in Allston.”The ArtLab will further amplify the importance of arts-practice research and collaboration at Harvard. Since the 2008 Report of the Task Force on the Arts, the University has developed academic programs, recruited renowned artists for the faculty, and hosted notable artists from around the world. It has also invested significantly in a network of physical spaces dedicated to the arts, for which the ArtLab will serve as an important connecting point.“At Harvard, art spaces have historically been designed and situated discipline by discipline,” said Dean of Arts and Humanities Robin Kelsey, co-chair of the ArtLab Steering Committee. “But our faculty and student artists want to collaborate across boundaries, to mix performance and video, soundscapes and dance, engineering and art. The ArtLab will give them a space to mingle and experiment, free from the usual restraints of school, department, or medium.”The 9,000-square-foot structure, to be located on North Harvard Street in Barry’s Corner, will offer spaces for film, theater, dance, and media. The ArtLab will house sound-editing stations, a recording studio, and space for rehearsal, improvisation, and informal performance. Plans call for the lab to host visiting and local artists, providing them with flexible studio spaces.The ArtLab design features sizable glass portions at street level to showcase the creative process. The use of cast materials will create a simple aesthetic, one that supports a diversity of active uses and flexible workshop functions.The construction material palette includes a mix of industrial, recyclable, and reusable materials, allowing for natural light and a street-level view of the activity inside. The building was designed by Berlin-based Barkow Leibinger Architekten. The local architect is Sasaki of Watertown.The Boston Planning and Development Agency requires Harvard to file an amendment to its 2013 Institutional Master Plan to secure regulatory approval for the ArtLab.“This is a new way of approaching art-making on campus,” said Harvard Provost Alan Garber. “The new space, in proximity to the Harvard Business School, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the i-lab cluster will give Harvard faculty and their students an opportunity to cross boundaries of media and discipline in new and exciting ways.”“The ArtLab will be a key contributor to the artistic ecosystem in Allston by leveraging collaborations with the Ed Portal, the Ceramics Studio, the i-lab cluster, and Zone 3,” said Executive Vice President Katie Lapp. “We’re incredibly excited about the partnerships and new artistic methods that will no doubt take shape at the ArtLab, and are confident that the entire space will be a significant asset to Barry’s Corner.”The ArtLab plan comes as Harvard continues to strengthen its partnerships with the community, and as the Allston campus continues to grow and thrive. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently joined Faust at the groundbreaking for the upcoming renovation of the historic William F. Smith Field in Allston. Just last week Trader Joe’s opened its doors in Barry’s Corner, and the Zone 3 initiative on Western Avenue continues to offer exciting programs and events.In the 2016–2017 academic year, the Harvard Ed Portal offered more than 200 programs for the community, including dozens of arts events, 11 film screenings, and performances by three Grammy winners. Through the Ed Portal, Harvard also provided scholarships to local residents to use the Harvard Ceramics Studio in Allston, further contributing to arts in the neighborhood.If approved, construction on the ArtLab could begin as soon as the summer of 2018, and finish early the next year.last_img read more

CDB approves funding for water project in Grand Fond

first_img 30 Views   no discussions LocalNews CDB approves funding for water project in Grand Fond by: – May 18, 2012 Share The Caribbean Development Bank has approved funding for the Grand Fond Water system.Reginald Austrie, Minister for Water Resource Management, confirmed this on Monday during an interview with GIS news.He said, “The people of Grand Fond have been [pleading] for a new water system for a while now and the CDB has approved the contractor for that project under the BNTF program. We expect very shortly that the contract will be signed and work will begin on this new facility”. This will bring much relief to the people of Grand Fond”.According to the minister this will bring “much relief” to the people of Grand Fond, noting his government’s commitment to alleviate the living condition of its residents despite financial hardships.“It is Government’s stated policy and even [though] we know that the financial situation is in fact tight, the Government through the Ministry of Finance and the Minister for Finance, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has made the resources available. We see water as an essential commodity that nobody can live without. Water is Life and so we are ensuring that we want to keep all our people healthy and strong by ensuring that we make this social investment”.Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Fond Constituency, Ivor Stephenson said he is looking forward to the commencement of the project.“For many years now the people of Grand Fond have been experiencing some serious shortages of water within the community. With the approved funds, the people of Grand Fond especially those that reside in upper Grand Fond will now be able to live much more comfortably and enjoy the quality of water that they expect to enjoy”.He also highlighted the contributions which both the CDB and the Basic Needs Trust Fund has made towards improved water supply for sections of his constituency. “I must say here that the Caribbean Development Bank has not only approved funds for the community of Grand Fond through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) but we have seen where other communities have benefitted from under CDB-BNTF projects. In Bagatelle, in the Kat-Bwa area, a project is nearing completion; we have Petite Savanne which saw the commissioning of a water system last year, and in Shawford and Monkey Hill, Marigot all these are CDB-BNTF funded projects”.He noted that the “CDB and the Government of Dominica continue to collaborate to ensure that we can improve the quality of the lives of people especially in the areas where [people] are benefiting from CDB-BNTF projects”.Government Information Service Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

5 inspiring journeys of former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli

first_imgSupermodel thin, tottering on vertiginous heels in Dior couture, it’s difficult to picture this delicate wisp of a woman as the aggressive Wimbledon Singles champion of 2013. But losing 30 kg in a year, doesn’t even begin to outline the spectacle of epaulettes the tennis star carries so gracefully. Marion,Supermodel thin, tottering on vertiginous heels in Dior couture, it’s difficult to picture this delicate wisp of a woman as the aggressive Wimbledon Singles champion of 2013. But losing 30 kg in a year, doesn’t even begin to outline the spectacle of epaulettes the tennis star carries so gracefully. Marion Bartoli, winner of the 2013 Wimbledon, was in Delhi for a whirlwind trip to promote the French Open as Ambassador of Rendez-Vous a Roland-Garros. Committed to the development of clay courts in India, Bartoli, now a jewellery and apparel designer, shared with us her love for India, Indian jewellery and her most intimate and inspired wanderings across the globe.Marion Bartoli at the Imperial, New Delhi (Picture courtesy: Rajwant Rawat)FIRST OVERSEAS TRIP, JAPANJapan was my first overseas trip when I was 15 years old. My father travelled a lot when he was younger and, his travels took him to India, to Jaipur and Kashmir and then on to Afghanistan. He also travelled to Japan quite often and always promised that he would take me to Tokyo some day. So, if Tokyo fascinated me, the gardens of Kyoto, with the magnificent cherry blossoms, were another exquisite memory. In fact, my entire jewellery collection is inspired by the smorgasboard of colours of the cherry blossoms and the gardens of Kyoto. Even as a country, Japan is so inspiring with people who are as dedicated as they are elegant; everything about them is so meticulous, the way they dress, walk, talk, behave and even in the way they maintain their gardens. Just like the bonsais, tiny and yet so perfect.advertisementMY ROOTS, CORSICACorsica is my home but I left it when I was only a year old. So every time I go back, it’s like a new journey to old roots; a fresh discovery. Corsica is like a dream, an island surrounded by the cerulean magic of the Mediterranean, cool, yet cut off from the madness of the world. My roots, background and the Mediterranean blue are a recurrent theme in my fashion aesthetic, in the clothes that I design for Fila. Going back to Corsica is magical: gorgeous sunsets on the beach, barbeques with my friends and perfect weather. I make sure I go back there to get rejuvenated whenever I get the chance.Bartoli with a friend on a beach in Corsica. Picture courtesy: India Today SpiceTURNING POINT, NEW YORKNew York is very special because not only did I win the US Open junior title there in 2001, but also because I was supposed to be in the Twin Towers on 9/11. I had just won the US Open the day before, and I was supposed to take the flight back the next day but decided to discover a little of New York first since it was my first time there. We were walking around in Times Square with everything sparkly and shiny around me when my father suggested we visit the Twin Towers since it was a very touristy place. I told him that I didn’t want to go indoors and preferred to stay outdoors so we went and had pizzas at Planet Hollywood instead. In fact, we were just walking around and shopping when it happened. And my heart just stopped because I was looking up and thinking that this can’t be real; that could have been me. So every time I come back to New York, it reminds me of the fact that I am living a new life. Again, I love museums, which makes New York an ideal place. Whenever I am there I go to the MOMA, The Met and the Guggenheim. New York is like a breath of fresh air; life affirming. It can never be one of those places that you simply breeze in and breeze out of without being affected by it. It is also a constant reminder that it is so wonderful to be alive.COMING OF AGE, MEXICOThis was a very special time because it was the first time that I spent Christmas and New Year’s eve away from my family in Mexico city. It was so different, especially if you’re used to Christmas in Europe with snow and Christmas trees. I will always remember it as the year Robbie Williams released this song which was on playing on a loop on the TV constantly. Imagine a Christmas with no snow, at an altitude 2000 mt, which made breathing difficult. The Mexican people made up for it with their warmth and graciousness though. I met a family there that treated me like their daughter and everytime I go back there to Monterrey or Mexico City, it always reminds me of the time when I started travelling extensively for my tennis.advertisementOn a trip to Capri in Italy. Picture courtesy: India Today SpiceTOP HOLIDAY SPOT, SOMMIERES, FRANCEAnd the final place is our family’s favourite vacation spot in the South of France called Sommieres. childhood vacations hold many memories, but the most vivid for me were the delicious street smells of doughnuts that my brother and I would keep eating. They’re called chichi fregi (a popular street snack that resembles a small fluted fritter made from yeast dough, deep-fried and rolled in sugar). It is thick, fat and full of sugar; everything that I am not eating now, but it is filled with childhood tastes and the most innocent memories; of family, of food, and sheer indulgence.Top favouritesIdea of a luxury holidayThat is an the idea that has evolved with age, so now I would say a yoga retreat. Something peaceful, ecological, back-tonature nature with no phones, emails or connectivity of any kind. My work involves a lot of travel and can be stressful, so, a vacation is about going back to something really simple. There are some beautiful places in France where you can stay with a family in a small cottage, chateau or castle, and forage your own fruits and vegetables and cook it. Everything is organic and I love it. My favourite spa is the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa in Bordeaux , where you can wake up to the noises of the animals, and ride and swim in natural waters. My idea of luxury does not involve a five star experience; however beautiful, there is nothing memorable about a hotel nestled in the chaos of a buzzing city. Luxury clearly means different things to different people.Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux. Picture courtesy: India Today SpiceDream vacationPatagonia in South America, because it’s open, beautiful, bountiful with nature’s finest. Also, I’ve never been there, and whenever I see pictures of it, just makes me believe in paradise on earth.Top adventure sportI love to jet ski and water ski. At the end of this year, I am going to be part of a charity event with Richard and Sam Branson called Strive that inspires people to make their mind and body so strong so as to achieve anything.For Strive 2014 we did this extreme journey using only human strength and endurance. We travelled from London to Switzerland and ran three marathons in a row, that is, 120 km in three days, then we rowed across the English Channel to France and then we cycled from the north of France to Switzerland, about 1400 km, in 9 days, and then finally hiked to the top of the Matterhorn mountain in Switzerland. This year, we are going to start from Matterhorn, and go all the way down to Italy with a core team of 10 athletes.Strive Charity challenge for Virgin. Picture courtesy: India Today SpiceMemorable adventure holidayMy hike up to Machu Pichhu in Peru in 1998, when I was 14 years old, with my father. It was really special because when we arrived there, I remember we slept under the stars. The hike was tough, but when you get to that altitude, and you see the open skies doted with those spectacular stars, it all seems worth it.advertisementTop shopping destinationI love markets; in France, as a child, I remember going to village markets with my mother either on Wednesdays or Saturdays to buy fruits and vegetables. which were fresh and delicious. In France, it is almost a cultural tradition to shop at village markets and the experience is special. Now, when I come to India, I go to the jewellery market in Jaipur to source stones for my jewellery line. In the fabulous fabric markets of London and Italy, I source fabric for my Fila collection. And, of course, my endless fascination of the Morocco spice markets, especially Casablanca, ensures I am there often enough to buy the finest spices.Foodie havenTravel and food are closely linked. If you like colourful and spicy, I would recommend India, for elegantly presented food, Japan is the choice and if you want to mix it all up, head to any part of France.Magnolia Bakery, New York. Picture courtesy: India Today SpiceFavourite restaurant/sJoel Robuchon in Paris, which is where I celebrated my win at Wimbledon in 2013. The head chef there made this beautiful sole especially for me which was absolutely delicious Also, at the Hotel Costes in Paris, they do the best sole in the world. I know Kim Kardashian goes there for the cheescake but I go there for the fish. Again, Magnolia Bakery in New York has the best desserts, the New York cheescake is out of this world as is the red velevet cupcake. I head here for my sugar fix when in New York.last_img read more