A military base, reborn

first_imgThe military controls about 15 million acres in the United States. That’s down by half from a Cold War peak, but enough that growing American cities and towns are increasingly brushing up against those set-aside spaces.Landscape architects and historians are awakening to the prospects for this little-studied military acreage, examining what Pierre Bélanger calls “the landscape of defense.”Proof of this awakening came in a recent daylong series of presentations by Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) students. Something of a general himself for the day, Bélanger, an associate professor of landscape architecture at the GSD, oversaw the logistics of 24 presentations from GSD 1211, “Landscape Architecture III.”There were 72 students, in teams of three, along with two dozen faculty and visiting reviewers (including reviewers from Belgium, Britain, San Francisco, and New York City).Piper Auditorium was converted on Dec. 5 into a 10-hour buzzing headquarters of poster walls on wheels, graceful models of terrain, knots of alert students, and watchful experts in folding chairs.Each five-minute presentation (followed by a 25-minute interrogation by reviewers) was a culmination of months of work. The student projects answered a challenge that Bélanger had posed in September: Design the future of the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR).The reservation brings the landscape of defense to a regional scale. An hour south of Boston, its 22,000 acres occupy about 10 percent of the Cape Cod peninsula, which juts like a claw hammer eastward into the Atlantic. In the lower grip of the hammer is the reservation, a rectangular blot of sandy soil, scrub trees, and marsh bounded by the towns of Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, and Sandwich.A detail of the Cape Cod peninsula, which juts like a claw hammer eastward into the Atlantic.Largest ground training facility in NortheastThe site, now home to five commands for land, sea, and air operations, has existed in some form since 1911. On the eve of World War II it was Camp Edwards, which in four months grew from a sleepy outpost to a small city of 30,000 soldiers. Today, it’s still the largest ground force training facility in the Northeast.As with many military bases, the site also has a legacy of pollution. Pollutants from spills, test burns, and target practice seeped into the ground. Thirteen contaminated plumes of groundwater radiate outward from the Sagamore Lens, an underground formation 300 feet thick that supplies freshwater to most of the Upper Cape. (A groundwater lens, shaped like a convex monocle, is a layer of freshwater suspended above a denser layer of saltwater.) In 1989, the reservation was added to a federal Superfund list of gravely contaminated sites.The reservation is amid transition. Faced with shrinking budgets, the Department of Defense is searching for a new model for its domestic bases. The MMR is among the bases in a regional planning process that invites ideas for their future.“The studios are very timely,” said Sharon J. Rooney, M.L.A. ’86, chief planner for the Cape Cod Commission and one of the two dozen project reviewers. “Who knows what the future will bring?”The students bring imagination and perspective to the challenge, she said, along with ideas for “integrating civilian uses into the fabric of the base.” (There is a county jail on the reservation now, and some shared fire services.)Included in studying the base is Bélanger’s notion that “ecology is a matter of national security.” In an age of degraded ecologies, civil protections exist in clean water, untainted soil, and robust biodiversity.Students were asked to focus on the reservation’s “central impact area,” the 12,000 most contaminated acres just south of the Cape Cod Canal. Bélanger instructed students to look at ecology as a driver for economics, to look at ways to protect resources and optimize energy use, and to look at the site as a “proving ground” for other U.S. military sites in transition.Design studios are a crucible in which theory and practice meet. The results that the students presented were imaginative. At least two teams envisioned a place where veterans could transition from military to civilian life — in one case, by living in converted railcars while doing remediation fieldwork. (Rooney liked the idea of the base as a place that could help allay post-traumatic stress disorder.) Other projects envisioned a site for energy experiments with biofuels and algae. (The reservation has many hardy stands of pitch pine, scrub oak, and juniper.)Other student teams saw the reservation as a place for the military to test camp strategies for tactical exercises, survival practices, and disaster relief. Some envisioned it as a civil engineering laboratory where military experts would construct barrier islands as models of urbanized coastal protection, templates that could be employed on a regional scale in an era of rising seas.Battalions of plants to aid the environmentAnother team envisioned “plant battalions,” nurseries for the tree, shrub, and aquatic plant species needed to stabilize Northeastern coastlines.Others suggested making the contaminated area a “phytolab”—to investigate how plant matter can remediate sullied land and groundwater—or making the area into an outdoor laboratory for robotics, with unmanned machines that could seed, irrigate, or locate landscapes in need of reforestation.More than one project envisioned a training ground for pilots controlling unmanned aerial vehicles. Such military surveillance and attack technology, after all, could make airborne assessments of ecosystems, or even drop “seed bombs” where needed.The project “Rights of Way” proposed having the military share the space with civilians. A seasonal clock could schedule times for hunting, hiking, and bird-watching, along with traditional military uses.Given the site’s proximity to rail and heavy industry, another project would augment the poor soil with waste from New England industries, including wood ash and cement dust. Students said the results could be profit and rich topsoil.In every student project, representation was prized. Wall-size mobile posters looked like works of art. But don’t let presentation trump clarity, said one reviewer, echoing others, because “otherwise it becomes more of an aesthetic than a tool.”In some cases, the reviewers also suggested that one project may really be two or three. “Securing Ground,” for instance, envisioned a training center for a joint military construction battalion; a testing ground for barrier islands and barrier beaches; a control center for an offshore wind turbine farm; and an alternate emergency evacuation route. This proposal, said a reviewer, “is trying to solve a lot of problems at once.”At day’s end, 16 reviewers sat in a line in front of the capacity crowd. The experts were kind, but spoke pointedly too: Present more explicitly; explain your concepts; edit.From the audience, Charles Waldheim, chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, marveled at the day’s smooth-working teams of three, half of whose members were “civilians” a year ago. (The course includes students grounded in other disciplines before starting at GSD.) “Where are the divorces?” he asked. “Where are the teams that fell apart?”There were none, agreed Bélanger. “I don’t think there was one minute wasted today,” he added, “or one breath wasted.”The biggest lesson may have been to remove what Bélanger called the “military shadow” over the process of reinvention. “These are a lot of good ideas,” said Rooney, a regional planner and landscape architect with more than a decade of ties to the reservation. “The military are people too.”last_img read more

‘Make the impossible possible,’ graduates told

first_img Read Full Story It’s not always comfortable being a person committed to what others see as an impossible goal, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Dean Julio Frenk told graduates at the School’s 2014 Commencement ceremony.He spoke from experience. When Frenk was Mexico’s minister of health from 2000 to 2006 and attempting what some thought was “impossible”—expanding health coverage to all citizens—he accidentally saw an email from a high-ranking colleague that said, in essence, “The minister has lost his marbles. How does he think he can insure those 50 million people?”But the ambitious goal was achieved: Today, Mexico’s universal coverage program, Seguro Popular, covers 58 million people—“my colleague’s doubts notwithstanding,” Frenk said.The dean urged the graduates—who have the unique distinction of being members of HSPH’s Centennial graduating class—to do their own “impossible” work: “nothing less than changing the world.”At the Commencement ceremony, held on a sunny afternoon before an overflow crowd in a tent in Kresge courtyard, 537 degrees were awarded: 33 doctors of philosophy, 56 doctors of science, 264 masters of public health, 176 masters of science, and 8 masters of arts. Graduates came from 63 countries and from 43 U.S. states. Fifty-eight percent of the graduates were women. At a festive reception the evening before Commencement, awards were presented to 23 students, seven faculty, and two staff members.last_img read more

Gigi to Invent Champagne in Seattle Before Heading to the Great White Way

first_img The new Great White Way headed production is a re-imagined reboot of the 1973 musical, which played 103 performances on Broadway. Starring Karin Wolfe as Gigi and Daniel Massey as Gaston, the production earned a Tony Award for Best Original Score. Gigi features the memorable tunes “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well,” “The Night They Invented Champagne,” “It’s a Bore,” and more. View Comments Broadway-bound Gigi will initially be performed in concert form at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre May 16-18. As previously reported, the show is scheduled to open at the Kennedy Center in January 2015 and is eyeing a transfer to the Main Stem later next year. A re-imagined new production of the 1973 musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe, Gigi has been adapted by playwright and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Heidi Thomas, with Eric D. Shaeffer on board to direct. According to the 5th avenue announcement Josh Bergasse (Smash) is set to choreograph and the Seattle performances will be cast locally. Set during the turn of the 20th century, Gigi tells the story of a free-spirited teenage girl living in Paris who is groomed (in the custom of her family) to serve as a companion to a bored, wealthy playboy until the pair realize they have fallen in love. The musical is based on Colette’s classic novella, the 1951 play by Anita Loos and the 1958 movie musical of the same name. The big screen adaptation of Gigi garnered a then-record-setting nine Oscars, including Best Picture.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Charm Searching for Transgender Artists & More

first_img View Comments MCC Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.MCC’s Charm Searching for Transgender & Non-Conforming ArtistsMCC has launched a casting search for transgender and gender non-conforming performers for the NYC premiere of Philip Dawkins’ Charm. The show follows Mama Darleena Andrews, a 67 year-old, African-American transgender woman, who takes it upon herself to teach an etiquette class at Chicago’s LGBTQ community center. Directed by Will Davis, Charm will officially open MCC’s 2017-18 season next fall at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre. For further information about applying to join the company, click here.Drama Desk Awards Sets the DateMore dates for your 2017 calendars! The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards will take place on June 4, 2017 at Town Hall. Michael Urie (Buyer and Cellar) is set to return to emcee the event, which honors the best of Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off-Broadway. Nominations are scheduled to be announced on April 27 at Feinstein’s/54 Below.Spamilton Eyes World DominationThe Story of Tonight 2016. Spamilton, the off-Broadway parody of Broadway smash Hamilton, is mirroring Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning hit by heading to Chicago. Created by Gerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind Forbidden Broadway, the production will play a limited engagement March 3, 2017 through May 29 at the Royal George Theatre’s Cabaret/Studio Theatre. Opening night is set for March 9. Discussions are also ongoing about additional incarnations in Los Angeles, London and a U.S. National Tour for 2017. Sound familiar?!Alex Brightman Heading to GoodspeedCongratulations to Alex Brightman, who received a Tony nod this year for School of Rock—he has been accepted into 2017’s Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. He will be working alongside Drew Gasparini on their project, It’s Kind of a Funny Story.last_img read more

Reviewed: GU Energy Chews & Injinji Socks

first_imgHope everyone has been able to get out and enjoy the amazing April we are having so far on the East Coast. While winter was quite the cross to bear, the end of March brought warmer temperatures and sunshine. It feels pretty good to be hitting the roads and streets in just running shorts and a tank rather than 15 different layers of performance wicking fabric. I wanted to share two items that I have really been enjoying on the trail, which are Injinji socks and GU Chomps Energy Chews. They bring their A game whether you are running, hiking, or biking. Let’s dive into each product in more detail.Injinji SocksWell let’s get the obvious out of the way; these are not your cookie cutter performance sock. They have separate sleeves for each of your toes! Injinji is the model success story for a company that thought outside of the box. The sock hasn’t changed in years, and Injinji decided they could do it better. There toe socks help prevent blisters, wick moisture faster than normal socks, provide better feel, and promote better balance. My friend Nicklaus (ultra runner) swears by them, and I really enjoy the feel and fit they give you while running. I will say they get some getting used to, and some people do not like the feeling of having separate toe sleeves. I think it’s worth trying a pair, if only just to try a new sock design. If between sizes go for the larger, and give them a shot!($10-$16); injinji.comGU Energy ChewsAs you avid outdoors people know having treats for the trail is serious business. You can go many routes like the classic PB&J or G.O.R.P., mix it up with the more complex like a burrito or brownies, or go the technical route with chews, bars, or gels. While all are tasty, the chews and more that company’s offer many times have far more calories, essential ingredients, and more that will get you through that big day in the woods. GU sent a few packs of their lemon flavored Energy Chomps over and I have been able to test them running and biking. The lemon flavor is new for GU, and they nailed it. Over multiple hours the chews were still tasty and they pack a punch of 180 calories and 60g of carbs per pack. A box of 16 will run you $35, and most shops sell one pack for about $3-$4. Tasty, affordable, and packed with the good stuff, what more do you want?($3/per pack, $35/per box); guenergy.comBe sure to try these two great products out, and hope to see you out on the trail!last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Gauley Fest

first_imgGauley Fest, which started in 1983, has become the largest paddling festival in the world. It also serves as American Whitewater’s biggest fundraiser with all proceeds going to support river conservation and stewardship projects throughout the nation. This year’s event takes place in Summersville, West Virginia on September 20th-22nd.The festival showcases American Whitewater as well as other top whitewater vendors in the boating community. Throughout the weekend, there will be raffles, a silent auction, and a marketplace.  At the marketplace, attendees will be able to view product demonstrations, become a member of American Whitewater, interact with manufacturer representatives, and purchase all kinds of paddling gear. Since this is a whitewater and river themed event, shuttles will be running for those wanting to get out there and paddle. Be sure to print this shuttle schedule out and bring it with you. Like any good festival, there will be food, drinks, and live music.  The performers are the Kalob Griffin Band and West Virginia’s own Halftime String Band. Check the festival’s website for a full itinerary of the weekend.In order for things to flow smoothly, Gauley Fest requires nearly 300 volunteers. Two hours of your time can be a huge help to the American Whitewater staff.  There are only 10 of them! Plus you can score a Gauley Fest t-shirt and entry into a volunteer only raffle. Interested? Contact the volunteer coordinator, Natalie Cox, for more details.Camping is available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights on festival grounds.  There are no reservations, so first come first serve! There is no additional cost to camp as it’s already included in ticket prices. While dogs aren’t exactly encouraged to attend, entrance will be available. The fee is ten dollars per well-behaved dog. They must be kept on leashes at all times.  This is a kid and family friendly event, so let’s keep everyone safe and happy!View Larger Maplast_img read more

Reopening the doors … to members wearing masks

first_img continue reading » Donning a mask to walk into a financial institution has been “one of the weirdest experiences” that Ian Kildow has had in recent times.Financial fraud investigative supervisor at the Colorado Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law, Denver, Kildow is much more accustomed to masks being thought of as something robbers wear. But now members in many places will be required to wear a mask to come into a branch to make a deposit.This is just one example of the new scenarios financial institutions are facing as they reopen their physical locations in the new world that’s been created by the COVID-19 pandemic.In the recent webcast “Reopening the Doors: Addressing Compliance, Health, and Community-Focus Areas for Financial Organizations” sponsored by Virent Systems, Melville, New York, Kildow and other experts talked about security, compliance and health concerns associated with operating financial institution branches in the midst of the pandemic. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Culinary heritage of Split-Dalmatia hosts the first study trip of Regional Culinary Heritage Europe

first_imgCulinary heritage of the Split-Dalmatia County from 15 to 18 October this year, will host the first study trip Regional Culinary Heritage Europe from 14 countries.He will stay in Split for four days, participate in workshops and visit the entities that have the label Culinary heritage of Split-Dalmatia County. In addition, participants will visit the natural beauties of Split and its surroundings, as well as cultural monuments.The culinary heritage of the Split-Dalmatia County is a member of the project-network Regional Culinary Heritage Europe, a family of culinary heritage consisting of almost 1500 members from 44 regions, and the network has been developed in Sweden and Denmark since 1995. It is about obtaining an internationally recognized label, a trademark for regional food and culinary tradition that guarantees a unique standard, but also opens a number of opportunities for the presentation of indigenous products in foreign and domestic markets.They all come at their own expense, ie they pay for the trip and accommodation and tours, and since they pay for everything themselves, they will certainly be the most objective.  in his writings and publications  on various media in their countries, points out Ivanka Luetić Boban, coordinator  JU RERA and the whole project. “This is a new tourism product and we already had one group from Poland in May 2018. Of course it will  see also natural  the beauty of our county and as much as possible  i   cultural monuments .We expect  participation and  members and coordinators but  and politicians  from those countries”Concludes Boban Luetić.One of the main goals of the project is to revive and encourage the development of regions through indigenous culinary heritage, production of indigenous traditional products and include them in the local catering and tourism offer with special emphasis on rural households, which ultimately results in increased competitiveness and visibility. So far, 28 business entities in the Split-Dalmatia County have been members that have met the required criteriaNetwork “Culinary Heritage Europe“Brings together regional members across Europe with the aim of developing regions through the revival of culinary heritage, production of indigenous and traditional products and their inclusion in the local hospitality and tourism offer, inclusion of traditional dishes in the hospitality offer with special emphasis on rural households and joint presentation ultimately resulting in increased competitiveness and increased visibility in the international market.Split-Dalmatia County is the holder of membership in the network as a regional organization, and JU RERA SD is the coordinator of the implementation of network activities.last_img read more

US giant Outback plans 160 UK restaurants with Leisureplex

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PREMIUMChartered presidential plane only for long-haul flights

first_imgFacebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Google Topics : Linkedin Aviation experts commended the government’s decision to charter a wide-body aircraft from flag carrier Garuda Indonesia as a presidential aircraft for long-haul flights considering that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is not known to frequently visit foreign countries that require long-range aircraft.Currently the presidential aircraft is a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 2 which is based on a Boeing 737-800 commercial aircraft, and is currently undergoing routine maintenance.A picture circulated recently on social media showing one of Garuda’s Boeing 777-300ER sporting the red and white presidential livery. The picture prompted speculation that President Jokowi would fly in a new presidential aircraft.“The [Boeing 737-800] airplane could only fly for five to six hours, covering a distance similar to a Jakarta to Hong Kong commercial flight. A 14-hour f… Jokowi presidential-plane presidents Pramono-Anung aircraft Boeing Boeing-777-300ER Garuda-Indonesialast_img read more