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[Cambridge Harvard Allston, Cambridge - Boston]
  • previous administration
    "Architect Rem Koolhaas, of the urban planning firm AMO, proposed moving the river to the west to integrate more land into the campus." (scn_02.09.00)

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    "With almost 500 acres under development, Koolhaas has encouraged university officials to view their site as urban redesign rather than a traditional master plan." (scn_02.09.00)

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[Graduate Student Housing, 1 Western Avenue, Allston, Harvard University]
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    "More recently the GSD championed the Ugliest Building Ever Built, the near-universally reviled 1 Western Avenue, a 235-unit housing facility for students, faculty, and staff in Allston. Both members of the design team of Machado and Silvetti have GSD connections. Jorge Silvetti and partner Rodolfo Machado teach at the school." (Alex beam, bg_03.12.18)

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    "Digression: I kind of like 1 Western. It reminds me of the old Supreme Soviet building in Tashkent, Uzbekistan." (Alex beam, bg_03.12.18)



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