If rapidly changing climates, energy flows, material economies, and migratory populations are the emerging challenges of our time, then research and design is urgently needed to enact change in new ways. The Master in Design Studies (MDes) program challenges students to understand and influence the underlying processes of what supports life today as a new generation of research-based creators, innovators and designers. To learn more about the MDes program, visit gsd.harvard.edu/mdes
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Over the past decade, longstanding disciplinary divides between the urban and the ecological have given way to more fluid, polyvalent and potentially more productive relations. The challenges of the built environment have rarely, at any time, corresponded to traditional disciplinary or professional boundaries. Today, contemporary practices of urbanism are shaped by thinking from subjects as diverse as landscape architecture, geography and economics, while increasingly being informed by sensibilities and stores of knowledge broadly associated with the study of the natural world. In this milieu, the MDesS Program invites candidates to examine contemporary practices of design and modes of production as they inform and manifest urbanism. As model and metaphor on the one hand, and as applied science on the other, urban and architectural practices and habits of thought are increasingly engaged with ecological thinking. In this space of intellectual inquiry and advancement of the design arts, the MDesS Program aspires to be a leading venue for post-professional studies of contemporary urban practice. MDesS candidates in the Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology concentration pursue advanced studies in topics related to contemporary urbanism, landscape, geography, or territory within the broader contexts of the global, social and natural environment. Pierre Belanger, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Neil Brenner, Professor of Urban Theory Learn more about the MDesS in Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology at gsd.harvard.edu/ule
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See why the Harvard Graduate School of Design is the most wildly ambitious, experimental, and optimistic design school in the world. Hear from GSD faculty and students and learn how their curiosity and commitment to exploring complex challenges places the School at the center of art, science, and action. We are Grounded Visionaries, and this is no small project. That’s why we’re doing it. Join us in giving form to the 21st century. Learn more about the GSD's Grounded Visionaries campaign at www.GroundedVisionaries.org
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Exploring a new perspective, testing limits, expanding potential. These concepts are central to the design and planning professions—and central to what the Design Discovery program offers: A chance to learn first-hand what it’s like to pursue an education and possibly a career in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning & design A rigorous course of intensive studio work, lectures, workshops, critiques, and field trips—sometimes social, and sometimes solitary An immersive culture that is challenging, rewarding, and exhilarating An unparalleled opportunity to explore possibilities Design Discovery is a six-week summer program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). We welcome people—from recent high school and college graduates to seasoned professionals—who want to explore the possibilities. Some of our participants are considering a career in design or planning, but not all. Design Discovery appeals to people with a broad spectrum of interests and remarkably diverse plans and goals. Video Edited by Sam Shepler and John O' Rourke. All videography by Matt Smith
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The GSD attracts the most talented, creative, and wildly ambitious students. The highly collaborative, investigative nature, and team approach to learning is why so many students come to the GSD and why design research and education is expensive. Hear from current students, Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, and faculty on why financial aid is a prerequisite for creating a diverse institution, and how it gives students more freedom to explore their passions upon graduation. Learn more about the GSD's Grounded Visionaries campaign at www.GroundedVisionaries.org
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Students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design discuss their work and experiences during the Fall 2013 Studio Abroad taught by architect Rem Koolhaas at the OMA offices in Rotterdam, Netherlands. They reflect on the research and concept design they are preparing for the exhibition "Elements of Architecture" presented in the Central Pavilion at the 2014 International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Italy. Learn more about the GSD's Studio Abroad Program: gsd.harvard.edu/studioabroad View Part II
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2015 Career Discovery promotional video
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This project began from a simple idea: to explore how the latest generation of modeling and animation software could be used to breathe new life into a legendary building from the past. Our aim is to demonstrate that the advanced tools of contemporary design—programs like AutoCAD, Rhino, 3Ds Max, VRay, and After Effects—also have the potential to transform how we understand, research, and teach architectural history. The choice of Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel (completed in 1923, demolished in 1967) as a vehicle for this exploration was inspired by several factors. Key among these was a sense of the hotel's critical importance both within Wright's career and within the history of modern architecture in Japan. We were also attracted by the complexity of Wright's space-making, the strangeness of his formal language and relentless ornamentation scheme, and the unfamiliarity of the hotel's handcrafted construction technique. All of these aspects clearly situate the project within a category of transitional or early modern architecture; yet the Imperial Hotel's deft integration of space, structure, ornament, and daylight into a pervasive, complex-yet-logical geometric system might hold strong allure and relevance for architects today. And Wright's emphasis on complex surface articulation and visual porosity might even be understood to foreshadow, paradoxically, the formal preoccupations of contemporary parametric design. -Mark Mulligan, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Harvard GSD 12/06/10
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Brian Ho (MDE ’18), a member of the inaugural class of Master in Design Engineering students, talks about the program, his Independent Design Engineering Project on machine learning and urban mapping, his AR work with the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, and what attracted him to the GSD.
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1/27/16 Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by five Senior Partners – Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler and Stefan Marbach. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron established their office in Basel in 1978. The partnership has grown over the years. An international team of about 420 collaborators is working on more than 50 projects across Europe, North and South America and Asia. Herzog & de Meuron are known for designs that are at once highly inventive and sensitive to the site, geography, and cultural context creating projects that are highly specific to their place and program brief, from the small-scale private home to large-scale public and cultural facilities. The practice has been awarded numerous prizes including The Pritzker Architecture Prize (USA) in 2001, the RIBA Royal Gold Medal (UK) and the Praemium Imperiale (Japan), both in 2007. In 2014, Herzog & de Meuron were awarded the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) for 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.
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With projects sensitive to place, experience, and environmental concerns, Sergison Bates has worked at scales from architecture to urban planning and regeneration, in the UK and Europe, since 1996. Among recent projects are a Centre for the Applied Arts in Ruthin, Wales; an urban housing development in Finsbury Park, London; a public library in Blankenberge, Belgium; a care home in Huise-Zingem, Belgium; the London Sustainable Industries Park in Dagenham; a rural housing project in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal, and an apartment building and crèche in Geneva, Switzerland. Sergison Bates's widely published work has been recognized with RIBA awards, an Erich Schelling Medal for Architecture, and a Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal for Architecture; the firm participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008 and 2012. Jonathan Sergison and Stephen Bates hold the Dunlop visiting professorship in architecture at Harvard GSD in Spring 2014. The lecture will be in two parts: Stephen Bates will talk about the relationship between teaching and practice, while Jonathan Sergison will present current projects and central themes in their work.
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Virgil Abloh (Rockford, IL 1980) is an architect, engineer, creative director, and designer. After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison, he completed a Master´s degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. It was here that he learned not only about design principles but also about the concept of collaborative working. He studied a curriculum devised by Mies van der Rohe on a campus van der Rohe had designed. After completing his degree, Abloh soon took on the role as a creative director for Kanye West and for West´s creative think tank “Donda“. Throughout Virgil Abloh's career, he has received numerous awards in the realms of art and design. Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh™ began in 2012 as an art project titled PYREX VISION. In 2013, Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh™ was introduced as a seasonal men's and women's fashion brand, which has grown to include the production of furniture designed by Abloh. In 2015, Off-White™ was one of eight finalists for the LVMH Prize in Paris. In 2016, he was inducted into the BOF 500 “The People Shaping The Global Fashion Industry” List. In the same year, he was one of five nominees for the category of International Urban Luxury Brand at The British Fashion Awards. In 2017, Abloh was one of five nominees for the category of Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent at The CFDA Awards. Additionally, in 2017, Abloh was selected as a special guest to show his Spring Summer 2018 Men's OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH™ Collection in Florence, Italy during Pitti Immagine Uomo 92. In 2019, Abloh's work will be the subject of a focused retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, where he will show new work alongside previously unseen works from his past.
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Please join us for our final Rouse Visiting Artist program of the spring, an evening with Raf Simons, Chief Creative Officer at Calvin Klein, and LA-based visual artist, Sterling Ruby. Simons and Ruby have been friends and collaborators for over a decade. This event is a rare opportunity to hear Simons and Ruby talk about their process and their work. The two will be joined by Jessica Morgan, Director of the Dia Art Foundation, for a conversation about the overlapping worlds of design, fashion, and contemporary art. Raf Simons serves as the Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein, Inc. In this role, Mr. Simons leads the creative strategy of the CALVIN KLEIN brand globally across the designer, contemporary, bridge, jeans, underwear and home categories in addition to overseeing all aspects of Global Marketing and Communications, Visual Creative Services and Store Design. Mr. Simons was born and raised in Belgium, where he later studied and obtained a degree in industrial and furniture design. In 1995, he launched his eponymous line, Raf Simons. In 2005, he was appointed creative director of Jil Sander, where he served at the helm for seven years. Mr. Simons assumed the position of creative director at Dior in 2012, a position he held until 2015. Mr. Simons lives and works in New York City. Sterling Ruby was born in 1972 on Bitburg Air Base in Bitburg, Germany. He graduated in 1996 from the Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, Lancaster. Ruby received his B.F.A. in 2002 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, and his M.F.A. in 2005 from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Ruby’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include “CHRON II,” Fondazione Memmo Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2013, traveled to Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany); “DROPPA BLOCKA,” Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium (2013); Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland (2014); “STOVES,” Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris (2015); and the Belvedere Museum, Vienna (2016). Ruby’s work is featured in museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec; Tate, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Jessica Morgan is the Nathalie de Gunzburg Director of Dia Art Foundation. Since joining Dia in January 2015, Morgan has helped advance Dia’s mission by presenting new programs such as, the Dream House by LaMonte Young, Marian Zazeela and Jung Hee Choi as well as new exhibitions of works by Robert Ryman, Hanne Darboven, Kishio Suga, and François Morellet in New York City; new commissions such as Puerto Rican Light by Allora & Calzadilla in Puerto Rico and Particulates by Rita McBride in New York City; and collection displays of Walter de Maria, John Chamberlain, Anne Truitt, and Dan Flavin in Dia:Beacon. Morgan has brought Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels to Dia’s collection of Land Art as well as bodies of work by Jo Baer, Joan Jonas, Mario Merz, Robert Morris, and Robert Ryman. This May, Morgan brings Dorothea Rockburne and Mary Corse to Dia:Beacon for long term exhibitions. Morgan previously served as The Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art, at Tate Modern from 2010-2015 and as a curator at Tate from 2002-2010. Morgan was the Artistic Director of the 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014). At Tate, Morgan curated The World Goes Pop (2015). She also curated a number of important exhibitions including the retrospectives Saloua Raouda Choucair (2013), Gabriel Orozco (2011), John Baldessari: Pure Beauty (2009), and Martin Kippenberger (2006), as well as the group shows The World as a Stage (2007), Time Zones (2004) and Common Wealth (2003). Morgan also curated the Unilever Series commissions for the Turbine Hall by Tino Sehgal, These associations (2012); Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, TH.2058 (2008–09); and Carsten Höller, Test Site (2006–07). Additionally, she developed a series of solo exhibitions of international emerging artists including Meschac Gaba, Roman Ondàk, Catherine Sullivan, Simryn Gill, and Brian Jungen in 2005–06. Morgan was previously Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, where she organized exhibitions of work by, among others, Carsten Höller, Ellen Gallagher, Olafur Eliasson, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Marijke van Warmerdam, Kerry James Marshall, and Cornelia Parker.
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This project began from a simple idea: to explore how the latest generation of modeling and animation software could be used to breathe new life into a legendary building from the past. Our aim is to demonstrate that the advanced tools of contemporary design -- programs like AutoCAD, Rhino, 3Ds Max, VRay, and After Effects -- also have the potential to transform how we understand, research, and teach architectural history. The choice of Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel (completed in 1923, demolished in 1967) as a vehicle for this exploration was inspired by several factors. Key among these was a sense of the hotel's critical importance both within Wright's career and within the history of modern architecture in Japan. We were also attracted by the complexity of Wright's space-making, the strangeness of his formal language and relentless ornamentation scheme, and the unfamiliarity of the hotel's handcrafted construction technique. All of these aspects clearly situate the project within a category of transitional or early modern architecture; yet the Imperial Hotel's deft integration of space, structure, ornament, and daylight into a pervasive, complex-yet-logical geometric system might hold strong allure and relevance for architects today. And Wright's emphasis on complex surface articulation and visual porosity might even be understood to foreshadow, paradoxically, the formal preoccupations of contemporary parametric design. -Mark Mulligan, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Harvard GSD
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“Architectural spaces can take away or awaken abilities and sensations that we humans possess innately. Through the practice I’ve always been conscious of that—how can we expand our abilities and sensations with architectural spaces? In this lecture I will talk about it especially from the point of view of spatial dimension, gravity, and time, with my various projects.” Go Hasegawa earned a Master of Engineering degree from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2002 and worked at Taira Nishizawa Architects before establishing Go Hasegawa & Associates in 2005. He has taught at Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and UCLA and is currently a design critic in architecture at the GSD. In 2015, he received his PhD in Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Hasegawa is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2008 Shinkenchiku Prize and selection as one of the ten 2014 AR Design Vanguard architects. His new monograph is newly published by A+U as of January 2017.
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4/22/16 Richard Sennett's talk will trace how intimate physical spaces emerged, historically; he will explore the relationship between the concepts "inside" and "subjective" and whether interior spaces and interiority are disappearing today, under the influence of social media. A faculty member at New York University and the London School of Economics, Sennett gave his most recent public talk at the GSD in 2012, when he was the Loeb Fellowship Program's Senior Scholar. Since his first books on the city and the family, published in 1969, he has authored numerous studies in cultural sociology, including The Culture of the New Capitalism (Yale, 2005); The Craftsman (Yale, 2008); and Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation (Yale, 2012). He is also an accomplished musician and the author of the novels An Evening of Brahms (Knopf 1984) and Palais-Royal (Knopf, 1987). His talk is part of the Symposium on Architecture: Interior Matters, organized by Kiel Moe, Associate Professor of Architecture and Energy.
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The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami shattered coastal cities in Japan in 2011. Kengo Kuma, taking as a point of departure his experiences in the aftermath of that natural disaster, will examine humans’ relationship with nature, questioning the perceived strength of steel and concrete and proposing the reintroduction of wood in design as a fair and practical mediator between humans and nature. Born in Tokyo, Kuma completed his master’s degree at the University of Tokyo in 1979 and spent time as a visiting scholar at Columbia University before establishing Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. Among his many works, recent projects include the Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum (2010), which won the 2011 The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize; the Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center (2012), Nagaoka City Hall Aore (2012), and Ginza Kabukiza (2013). Two of his buildings outside Japan are the Besancon Arts and Culture Center and FRAC Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence Conservatory of Music (both 2013). The firm currently has some one hundred projects ongoing in Europe, the U.S., Japan, China, and elsewhere in Asia. One of the most high-profile of these is the new national stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Since 2009, Kuma has been a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo. He has also written more than a dozen books—including Anti-Object (2013)—which have been published not only in Japanese but frequently in English, Chinese, and Korean, earning him a readership in many parts of the world. Kuma is an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and, as of 2009, an Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.
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(Re)Considering Energy and Existing Multi-wythe Brick Julie Paul Brown, MDes '14 in Energy and Environments Multi-wythe (or “mass”) brick construction has been familiar to global cultures and climates for more than 10,000 years and survives in vast quantities. However, the predominant contemporary energy retrofit approaches for the reuse of existing mass brick buildings in the US fundamentally misunderstand its behavior. The result has led to premature deterioration of the building fabric as well as risk of health and safety issues, among others. Given these challenges, this thesis critically analyzes the conventional approaches to energy retrofit of these buildings and the assumptions upon which they are based. As the current approaches have been inadequate, this thesis proposes alternative retrofit strategies for consideration. Proposed alternatives seek energy effectiveness along with energy efficiency to address thermal comfort issues, while providing multiple feedbacks to enhance the endurance of the building and surroundings. Learn more about the Master in Design Studies in Energy and Environments: gsd.harvard.edu/academic-programs/master-in-design-studies/energy-and-environments/index.html
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Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron both studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) from 1970 to 1975 with Aldo Rossi and Dolf Schnebli. They received their degrees in architecture in 1975 and established their own practice in Basel in 1978, which became Herzog & de Meuron Architekten AG in 1997. The partnership has grown over the years and today the office is led by the Founding Partners alongside Senior Partners Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler and Stefan Marbach. A team of 340 collaborators is working on over 35 projects across Europe, North and South America and Asia. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron are visiting professors at Harvard University, USA (1989 and since 1994), and professors at ETH Studio Basel - Contemporary City Institute, ETHZ (since 1999). Herzog & de Meuron are known for designs that are at once highly inventive and sensitive to the site, geography, and culture of the region for which the building is planned. The practice has been awarded numerous prizes including The Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2001. Their most recognized buildings include Prada Aoyama Epicenter in Tokyo, Japan (2003); Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany (2005); CaixaForum Madrid, Spain (2008); the National Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Perhaps the firm's highest profile museum project to date is the conversion of the Bankside power plant to Tate Modern in London, UK (2000). The new development for completion of the Tate Modern Project is scheduled for 2012. Current projects include Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Germany (projected completion 2013); the new Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York, USA (projected completion 2012); and the design of the new Sao Paulo Cultural Complex - Dance Theater, which will consolidate the largest cultural district in Brazil (projected completion 2016). 5/5/11
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Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA discuss their recent works. This lecture is part of the series "A New Innocence: Emerging Trends in Japanese Architecture" sponsored by the Dean's Office and made possible with the support of Harvard University Asia Center.
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The annual Design Miami fair traditionally features an entry pavilion designed by early-career architects, a public installation that serves as a beacon for the fair and that provokes consideration and curiosity among the thousands of visitors who visit the fair's programs and galleries. For the 2015 pavilion design, Design Miami announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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The Harvard Graduate School of Design is most wildly ambitious, experimental, and optimistic design school on the world. It is a home to, and network of, creative visionaries, who not only imagine a more beautiful, just, and coherent world, but go so far as to construct it. We will continue to ask why and what if. We will engage with society across all scales, from the individual to the global community. We will research, speculate, design, and lead. This is no small project. That's why we're doing it. Join us in giving form to the 21st century. Learn more about the GSD's Grounded Visionaries campaign at www.GroundedVisionaries.org
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"Hélène Binet has emerged as one of the leading architectural photographers in the world. Every time Hélène Binet takes a photograph, she exposes architecture's achievements, strength, pathos and fragility." (Daniel Libeskind) Hélène Binet was born in 1959 in Sorengo and is of both Swiss and French background. She currently lives in London with her husband Raoul Bunschoten and their two children, Izaak and Saskia. She studied photography at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Rome, where she grew up, and soon developed an interest in architetural photography. Over a period of twenty-five years Hélène Binet has photographed both contemporary and historical architecture. Her list of clients include architects Raoul Bunschoten, Caruso St. John, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Studio Mumbai, Peter Zumthor, and many others. While following the work of contemporary architects -- often from construction through completion -- Hélène Binet has also photographed the works of past architects as Alvar Aalto, Geoffrey Bawa, Le Corbusier, Sverre Fehn, John Hejduk, Sigurd Lewerentz, Andrea Palladio, and Dimitris Pikionis.More recently, Hélène Binet has started to direct her attention to landscape photography, wherein she transposes key concerns of her architectural photography. Hélène Binet's work has been published in a wide range of books, and is shown in both national and international exhibitions.Hélène Binet is an advocate of analog photography and therefore she exclusively works with film. 3/19/12
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Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido on 1971. After graduating from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, he established Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. In 2005, he received the Architectural Review Award, a much coveted international award among young architects, 3 years consecutively (including the Grand Prize in 2006). In 2008, he was invited to be on the panel of judges for the same award. In the same year, he won the JIA (Japan Institute of Architects) award and the highest award at the World Architectural Festival for the Private House division, and was selected as "Design Vanguard" in the Architecture Record magazine. In 2009, he won the Design Awards for wallpaper magazine. In 2010, he was awarded the Spotlight: The Rice Design Alliance Prize. His book Primitive Future published in 2008 became the best-selling architectural book of the year. EL croquis SOU FUJIMOTO was also published in 2010. His architectural designs pursue new shapes and spaces that exist between nature and artificiality and will undoubtedly continue to evolve in the future. 2/18/11
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Landscape architect James Corner is chair and professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Based in New York, James Corner Field Operations has offices in London and Hong Kong and is engaged in numerous projects that focus on public space with an emphasis on human and natural ecologies. Current projects include the rehabilitation of the landfill at Fresh Kills Landfill in New York City, which will become a vast urban park; a pool and deck at City Center in Las Vegas; the transformation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park following the Games; a master plan for the Central Waterfront in Seattle; and a master plan for a new waterfront city in Shenzhen, China. The firm's work has been recognized with the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, the New York City Arts Commission Award for Excellence in Design, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, and others. The Daniel Urban Kiley Lecture is an annual honorific lecture in landscape.
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Christian Kerez was born in 1962 in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and educated at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich. After extensive published work in the field of architectural photography, he opened his own architectural office in Zürich, Switzerland in 1993. He has been appointed as a Visiting Professor in Design and Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich since 2001 and as Assistant Professor since 2003. In 2009 he was elected as a full Professor for Design and Architecture. His built works include the apartment building on Forsterstrasse, the House With One Wall, and the Schoolhouse Leutschenbach. He won the competition for the MOMA in Warsaw in 2007, the Holcim Competence Center in 2008 and is currently working on a large social housing project in São Paulo in addition to a high-rise in China.
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3/28/16 It is David Harvey’s contention that the production of space, especially the distribution and organization of the territory, constitutes a principal aspect of capitalist economies. His writings on this theme have contributed to the ongoing political debate on globalization and on the different spatial strategies associated to global processes. A foundation of Harvey’s intellectual project is his “close reading” and interpretation of Karl Marx’s Capital, which he has taught and read for decades and documented in his Companion to Marx’s Capital (2010). But Harvey’s work is distinguished by the way he has brought Marxism together with geography with productive results for each discipline. For instance, he has approached the overaccumulation of capital by way of its reflection in spatial expansion in order to demonstrate its causative role. His book Limits to Capital (1982), which traces this argument, is a mainstay of the contemporary understanding of capitalism’s perennial economic crises (among others are Ernest Mandel’s Late Capitalism (1972), Giovanni Arrighi’s Long 20th Century (1994) and Robert Brenner’s Economics of Global Turbulence (2006)). Among other ideas, Harvey is known for his critical interpretation of the ideas of Henri Lefebvre and his own formulation of the “right to the city.” His book Spaces of Hope (2000) explores a role for architecture in bridging between the human body and the uneven development that is characteristic of globalization. Asked to single out a favorite of Harvey’s books, Dean Mohsen Mostafavi refers to Harvey’s book Social Justice and the City (1973) as “an important articulation of the relationship between the city as a physical artifact and its social consequences. His writings have provided an acute analysis of our society and provide an indispensable framework for new forms of spatial imagination." David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), is the 2015–2016 Senior Loeb Scholar.
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As we approach the centennial of Kenzo Tange's birth (2013) and the 50th anniversary of the Tokyo Olympics (2014), the time seems right for a renewed appreciation of what many would call this architect's greatest masterpiece: the 1964 Olympic Arenas at Yoyogi. The Main Arena's complex structure, designed in collaboration with engineer Yoshikatsu Tsuboi, houses 15,000 spectators and features an innovative tensile roof inspired by suspension bridge technology. Tange's particular genius shows in the arena's exuberant exterior form, refined structural detailing, and interior daylighting. This animated video began as a project for the GSD course "Innovative Constructions in modern Japan", for which I asked a team of six students to model the Yoyogi Main Arena based on original drawings, and to analyze it in constructional terms. Of particular interest was the design of structural joinery that could accommodate continuous geometric change in the roof form during construction as successive layers were added. What emerged from this study, however, was something a great deal more fascinating -- and challenging -- than what we had anticipated. Rendering the computer models revealed how the arena's elusive, curvilinear form radically transforms before our eyes, depending on viewing angle and sun position. Two students, Emmet Truxes and Nathan Shobe, continued working on the video after the class had ended to produce a lyrical meditation on the atmospherics of the Yoyogi Arena, with an original soundtrack contributed by Gray Reinhard. Looking back now from an era whose advances in computer technology have given us a great deal of certainty in visualizing and evaluating complex structures, we are awed by the thought that Tange and Tsuboi produced such a work fifty years ago using only the most basic computing power, physical models, and a great number of drawings made by hand. Mark Mulligan Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture Harvard University Graduate School of Design
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Architecture, landscape, urbanism . . . we are at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, which takes an enlightened and comprehensive view of “designed” environments and how they interrelate. But—David Netto GSD ’97 asks—how many of you have ever been taught how to make a furniture plan? How to light a room? The secrets of proportion and texture, and the breaking of rules in animating an interior? These are questions Netto has never found a satisfactory answer to in school—any school; one only learns about them from experience in the workplace. The practical truth is that how a project is perceived is key to how it is received—and essential to whether or not it gets published, written about, and given a fair trial after its transition from an abstract hypothetical to real life. Netto has worked as an interior designer for decades and has written about architecture and design history for just as long. He professes to have learned as much from writing about the work of others as from formal education in design. His latest book is about the French designer François Catroux, who since 1968 has innovated and excelled in a career of nearly fifty years with no formal design education whatsoever (he credits Philip Johnson as a formative influence and is presently working with Diller Scofidio & Renfro on an apartment in New York). In the course of his talk, Netto will address the importance of interiors in the success of architecture and his observations on how this gets accomplished, based on what he has learned in his work as a design journalist.
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Tatiana Bilbao, through the work of her multicultural and multidisciplinary office based in Mexico City, attempts to understand the place that surrounds her and to translate its rigid codes into architecture. As a reaction to global capitalism, the studio aspires to regenerate spaces in order to humanize them and to open up niches for cultural and economic development. The firm’s recent projects include a botanical garden, a master plan and open chapel for a pilgrimage route, a biotechnological center for a technology institution, a house that can be built for $8,000, and a funeral home. Their work has been published in A+U, Domus, and the New York Times, among other periodicals. Bilbao has been a visiting professor at Yale School of Architecture and Rice School of Architecture. She was named as an Emerging Voice by the Architecture League of New York in 2009 and received the Kunstpreis Berlin in 2012 and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture Prize in 2014. Her work is in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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This event features Steven Holl in conversation with Preston Scott Cohen, Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Steven Holl was born in 1947 in Bremerton, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington and pursued architecture studies in Rome in 1970. In 1976 he attended the Architectural Association in London and established STEVEN HOLL ARCHITECTS in New York City. Steven Holl has realized cultural, civic, academic and residential projects both in the United States and internationally. Notable work includes the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland (1998), the Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle, Washington (1997), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (2007), and the Horizontal Skyscraper-Vanke Center (2009). The Cité de l'Océan et du Surf museum, a collaboration with Solange Fabião opened in Biarritz in June 2011; the Daeyang House and Gallery will open in Seoul, Korea in Spring 2012, and the Nanjing Sifang Art Museum will open to the public in October 2012. Currently in design are the new University of Iowa Arts Building; the Princeton University Center of Creative and Performing Arts; the new Doctorate's Building at the National University of Colombia, in Bogota; and the Queens Library in Long Island City, NY. Under construction are the large mixed-use Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China; the Beirut Marina and Town Quay; the new Glasgow School of Art; and the Campbell Sports Center at Baker Athletics Complex at Columbia University. Steven Holl is a tenured Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. He has lectured and exhibited widely and has published numerous texts including Anchoring (1989), Parallax (2000), Luminosity/Porosity (2006), House: Black Swan Theory (2007), Architecture Spoken (2007), Urbanisms: Working With Doubt (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009) and Hamsun Holl Hamarøy (Lars Müller Publishers, 2010). Most recently published are his new books Horizontal Skyscraper (William Stout Publishers, 2011), Scale (Lars Müller Publishers, 2012) and Color Light Time (Lars Müller Publishers, 2012).
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Mohsen Mostafavi continues the interchange at the 2010 Venice Biennale between panelists, beginning with a question to Rem Koolhaas of the role of preservation and heritage in cities, with Michael Sorkin and Olafur Eliasson adding their comments.
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On February 28, 2012, Senior Loeb Scholar, Richard Sennett delivered the lecture, "The Architecture of Cooperation which addresses a question: how can we design spaces in the city which encourage strangers to cooperate? To explore this question he draws on research in the social sciences about cooperation, based on his book, Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation. He relates this research to current issues in urban design. "A Brief Biography" (from Richard Sennett's website) "Richard Sennett has explored how individuals and groups make social and cultural sense of material facts -- about the cities in which they live and about the labour they do. He focuses on how people can become competent interpreters of their own experience, despite the obstacles society may put in their way. His research entails ethnography, history, and social theory. As a social analyst, Mr. Sennett continues the pragmatist tradition begun by William James and John Dewey. His first book, The Uses of Disorder,  looked at how personal identity takes form in the modern city. He then studied how working-class identities are shaped in modern society, in The Hidden Injuries of Class, written with Jonathan Cobb.  A study of the public realm of cities, The Fall of Public Man, appeared in 1977; at the end of this decade of writing, Mr. Sennett sought to account the philosophic implications of this work in Authority . At this point he took a break from sociology, composing three novels: The Frog who Dared to Croak , An Evening of Brahms  and Palais Royal . He then returned to urban studies with two books, The Conscience of the Eye, , a work focusing on urban design, and Flesh and Stone , a general historical study of how bodily experience has been shaped by the evolution of cities. In the mid 1990s, as the work-world of modern capitalism began to alter quickly and radically, Mr. Sennett began a project charting its personal consequences for workers, a project which has carried him up to the present day. The first of these studies, The Corrosion of Character,  is an ethnographic account of how middle-level employees make sense of the "new economy." The second in the series, Respect in a World of Inequality, [2002} charts the effects of new ways of working on the welfare state; a third, The Culture of the New Capitalism,  provides an over-view of change. Most recently, Mr. Sennett has explored more positive aspects of labor in The Craftsman , and in a study of cooperation to appear in 2012."
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3/7/16 Note: Various images blurred at the request of the speaker. As the verticalization of cities progresses, we are increasingly separated from the natural environment and forced to live in a mechanically controlled artificial environment. When we consider ecology and sustainability, the most important themes for architecture and cities in the 21st century, we must distance ourselves from Modernism and reconstruct architecture based on the life that embraces nature. In this lecture, Toyo Ito will explore this theme through the series of studies done with Harvard GSD students in Fall 2015, concerning tomorrow’s architecture on the small island of Omishima, Japan; and public architecture in regional cities, and a proposal for the New National Stadium in Japan. Toyo Ito, Kenzo Tange Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard GSD, is principal of Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, in Tokyo.
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