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Architect joins Springfield planning on Bloomberg Harvard Fellowship

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Springfield is one of seven U.S. cities participating in the Bloomberg Harvard City Hall Fellowship Program.

Sai Joshi, architect, urban planner and researcher, joined the city’s Office of Planning and Economic Development on Monday.

Joshi’s two-year fellowship is funded by Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

Monday was also the first day for Lynne Wooden, acting director of OPED.

After:Lynne Wooden was to retire. She is now Springfield’s director of economic development.

Joshi will focus on developing a “whole block restoration” strategy for the city. This will include analyzing the city’s current practices, systems, and workflow, while understanding the growth and needs of community development through conversation and research.

Joshi is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. A recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Fellowship at GSD, she has focused her work on emerging issues of social equity and climate change in the built environment, using the tools of urban design, planning, policy and advocacy.

She also studied at the College of Architecture, University of Mumbai, where she focused on urban design and planning.

Prior to coming to Springfield, Joshi worked for the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid, where she partly helped develop the city’s preliminary 25-year strategy for the transition to clean energy for the housing and transport sectors. in common.

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