New Geographies: Design, Agency, TerritoryAntonio Petrov
EditorHarvard University Press, 2013
GRANTEEHarvard University-Graduate School of Design
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New Geographies 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 positions design's agency amidst concerns of scale, infrastructure, ecology, and globalization. The 'geographic' condition reflects a desire for a synthetic scalar practice that links attributes understood to be either separate from each other or external to the design disciplines, opening a range of technical, formal, and social repertoires for architecture.
Gareth Doherty currently teaches landscape architecture and urban planning and design at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. His research and teaching have focused on the intersections of landscape, urbanism, ecology, and anthropology. He coedited Ecological Urbanism with Mohsen Mostafavi (2010). He is a founding editor of New Geographies, and editor-in-chief of New Geographies 3: Urbanisms of Color (2011).
Hashim Sarkis is the Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies at Harvard University. Sarkis is a practicing architect between Cambridge and Lebanon. His projects include a housing complex for the fishermen of Tyre, a park in downtown Beirut, two schools in the North Lebanon region, and several urban and landscape projects. He is author of many books and articles including Circa 1958: Lebanon in the Pictures and Plans of Constantinos Doxiadis (Beirut: Dar Annahar, 2003); coeditor, with Peter G. Rowe, of Projecting Beirut (Munich: Prestel, 1998); and executive editor of theCASE publication series (GSD/Prestel). From 2002--05 he was also director of the Master's of Design Studies (MDes) and the Doctorate of Design (DDes) programs. He received his BArch and BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, his MArch from Harvard University's GSD, and his PhD in architecture from Harvard University.
Rania Ghosn is an architect and geographer. She is currently assistant professor of architecture at the University of Michigan. She joins the Taubman College after completing her doctoral degree at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Boston University. Rania’s research is at the intersection of space, politics, and large-scale technological systems. Her dissertation Geographies of Energy: The Case of the Trans-Arabian Pipeline, explores spatial and social transformations as geographies are incorporated into systems of energy. Rania holds a BArch from the American University of Beirut and a master's degree in geography from University College London. She has taught in architecture and planning programs at the American University of Beirut, the Lebanese American University, Harvard's GSD, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ghosn is a founding editor of New Geographies, and is editor-in-chief of the journal’s Landscapes of Energy (2010).
Daniel Daou is currently a doctor of design student at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. He is developing his thesis on Synthetic Ecology. Daou holds a BArch from the Universidad Iberoamericana graduating top of his class in 2006. He was a visiting student at the MArch II program at SCI-Arc, a fellow from the National Council for Science and Technology and recognized as a Young Talent by the National Fund for Culture and Arts. In 2011, with the support from the Fulbright program and the Brockman Foundation, he obtained a Master in Science of Architecture Studies and a Master in City Planning with an Urban Design Certificate from MIT.
Ali Fard is a designer, researcher, and a doctoral candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Design. His current research deals with operational networks of connectivity, socio-environmental dynamics of networked urban conditions, and multiscalar opportunities and agencies afforded to design practices within this expanded field. Fard is a cofounder of Op.N, a research and design office based in Cambridge and Toronto. He is a research associate at the Urban Theory Lab at the GSD.
Daniel Ibanez is a licensed architect and urban designer from Spain, MArch from UPM-ETSAM in 2007, MAA from UPC-IAAC, and MDesS in Urbanism from Harvard's GSD in 2012 as a fellow and Fulbright Scholar of the Fundación La Caixa. Ibanez is also the cofounder of Margen-lab since 2003. Ibabez combines his professional activities with researching and teaching. At the GSD he is a doctor of design candidate, research manager of the Urban Theory Lab, and research associate of New Geographies lab and the Dean's Office.
Nikos Katsikis is an architect and urbanist, and a doctor of design candidate at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, currently completing his dissertation, "From Hinterland to Hinterworld". At the GSD he is research associate in the New Geographies Lab and in the Urban Theory Lab; he will serve as lecturer in Urban Planning and Design in Spring 2015. He holds a professional degree (2006) and a Master in Architecture (2009) from the National Technical University of Athens. He is a Fulbright and Onassis Foundation Scholar.
Taraneh Meshkani is a doctor of design student at Harvard's Graduate School of Design and the doctorate fellow in the Harvard Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment. She has completed her Masters of Architecture from John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Taraneh is the recipient of the 2010 Toronto Society of Architects scholarship and the Canadian Architect student Award of Excellence. She is currently working on the possibility of social media as a new networked public sphere.
Pablo Perez Ramos is a licensed architect and a landscape architect. He received a professional degree in architecture from the ETSAMadrid in 2006, and a Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard GSD in 2012. Ramos's recent academic trajectory has been granted by the Fundación Caja Madrid and the Fundación La Caixa. He has taught at the ETSAMadrid and the Boston Architectural College. At the GSD he is currently Teaching Fellow in Theory of Landscape Architecture and Research Associate at the New Geographies Lab.
El Hadi Jazairy is an architect and a doctor of design candidate at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He received a Diplôme d'Architecte from the Institut Superior d'Architecture La Cambre in Brussels (1999) and holds an March II from Cornell University (2007). Professionally, he has worked in Belgium for over six years, at Louis de Beauvoir Architects, Gigantes Zenghelis Architects, and as a lead project architect for Xaveer de Geyter. He is a member of the Belgian National Accreditation Board. In 2000, through his independent practice, he won the second best award for the EUROPAN 6 international competition.
Antonio Petrov holds a doctoral degree in the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, and cultural studies from Harvard University. A former Fulbright Fellow, he is currently working as editor-in-chief on New Geographies 5, and DOMA, a bilingual magazine published in Macedonia. His research and teaching explore issues of place, politics, environment, art, religion, culture, and society as inscribed in the larger, global territory implied by the geographic, without losing sight of the specificity of architectural or urbanistic practices. In his work, he establishes interdisciplinary frameworks intertwining complex urban and architectural processes that question singular disciplinary responses to contemporary political and sociocultural contexts. This work demands meta-dimensional dialogues in order to negotiate new metaphors, new spatial paradigms, new geographies, new languages, new aesthetics, new material dimensions, and new means of implementation.
Stephen J. Ramos is an assistant professor in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia. He received his doctorate from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. His research focuses on the multiple roles and meanings of infrastructure in rapidly developing circumstances, from comparative urban social movements for infrastructure in Latin America to generative metropolitan trade infrastructure in the Gulf. His book Dubai Amplified: The Engineering of a Port Geography is published with Ashgate Press. He coedited the forthcoming Infrastructure Sustainability and Design (Routledge). He has published in various journals, including Volume, Harvard Design Magazine, and Neutra. He is a founding editor of the journal New Geographies. His professional practice includes work with the Fundación Metrópoli in Madrid, the International Society of City and Regional Planners in the Hague, and development work in Central America.
Neyran Turan is an architect, and currently an assistant professor at Rice University's School of Architecture. Turan received her BArch from Istanbul Technical University, and she holds a master's degree from Yale University's School of Architecture. Turan's work focuses on contemporary interpretations of scale, infrastructure, and ecology, and their potentiality for new positionings in architecture and urbanism. She is the cofounder of NEMEstudio, a design and research collaborative, and also a founding editor of the New Geographies journal. Turan's recent publications include articles in the ACSA's Flip Your Field, Bidoun, and Corporations and Cities, as well as forthcoming chapters in Landscapes of Development (Harvard University Press) and The Superlative City: Dubai and the Urban Condition in the Early Twenty-First Century (Harvard University Press). Turan has also acted as the assistant editor for the book Josep Lluis Sert: The Architect of Urban Design (with Hashim Sarkis and Eric Mumford; Yale University Press, 2008).
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