New Geographies: Design, Agency, TerritoryRania Ghosn
EditorHarvard University Press, 2009
GRANTEEHarvard University-Graduate School of Design
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New Geographies journal aims to examine the emergence of the geographic, a new but for the most part latent paradigm in design today—in order to articulate it and bring it to bear effectively on the social role of design. Through critical essays and design projects, New Geographies seeks to position design's agency amidst concerns of scale, infrastructure, ecology, and globalization, where the "geographic" condition reflects a desire for a synthetic scalar practice. This practice links attributes understood to be either separate from each other or external to the design disciplines, opening them up through a range of technical, formal, and social repertoires for architecture and design.
Gareth Doherty is a lecturer in landscape architecture and urban planning and design at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Doherty's research and teaching has included studios and courses in landscape architecture, planning, urban design, and ecological urbanism. He received a Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching. He is a founding editor of New Geographies, and Volume 3 of this journal, for which he serves as editor-in-chief, has the theme of Urbanisms of Color. Ecological Urbanism (coedited with Mohsen Mostafavi) was published by Lars Müller Publishers in 2010. Doherty received his doctoral design degree from Harvard University, an MLA and certificate in urban design from the University of Pennsylvania (where he won a American Society of Landscape Architects' Award of Merit), and an MAgrSc and BAgrSc from University College, Dublin. Doherty has several built projects, including the Carndonagh Diamond, a town square in Ireland.
Rania Ghosn is an architect and geographer. She is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Boston University and a lecturer in MIT's Department of Architecture. She received her doctoral degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design in 2010, where her dissertation explored the transformations in landscapes and livelihoods as geographies are incorporated into systems of energy. She holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from the American University of Beirut and a master's degree in geography from University College London. She was for many years a design instructor at the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University, and has held multiple research and teaching positions at the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the GSD. She is a founding editor of the journal New Geographies, which focuses on contemporary issues of urbanism and architecture, and is editor-in-chief of the journal's issue Landscapes of Energy (Winter 2010).
The Harvard University Graduate School of Design is a leading center for education, information, and technical expertise on the built environment. Its Departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning and Design offer master's and doctoral degree programs and provide the foundation for its Advanced Studies and Executive Education Programs.
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