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  • New Geographies: Design, Agency, Territory
    Antonio Petrov
    Harvard University Press, 2013
    Harvard University-Graduate School of Design

Cover, New Geographies 1 "After Zero"

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 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.

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.

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).

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 dissertationGeographies 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).

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).

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.