3Qs: Getting public buy-​​in for new development

Who decides what gets built in cities? Both in the U.S. and around the world, it’s up to gov­ern­ments, plan­ning agen­cies, and com­mu­nity groups. But how it all works—and the outcomes—vary widely. These issues will be dis­cussed today at a Northeastern-​​sponsored con­fer­ence, “Public Par­tic­i­pa­tion and Design in Con­tested Cities Since the 1960s.” Here, George Thrush, pro­fessor and director in the archi­tec­ture school, dis­cusses public influ­ence in the approval process for new development—and how it might be trans­formed in the future.

3Qs: Living, breathing buildings

Fifth-​​year chem­ical engi­neering stu­dent Devyesh Rana has some cre­ative ideas for con­structing build­ings that with­stand sun and earth­quake damage — make them out of plants