Harvard Graduate School of Design
At the Harvard Graduate School of Design, faculty and students investigate a broad range of social, political, technical, and aesthetic interests and issues related to design. An extensive publications program, including books on architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design, extends the School’s reach to an international audience.
Books produced by the Graduate School of Design provide in-depth examinations of subjects explored through research programs, exhibitions, conferences, and other activities. To see a complete list of GSD publications, please visit the GSD website.
Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.
Form, Modernism, and History: Essays in Honor of Eduard F. Seckler
Assembled in honor of Eduard F. Sekler, this collection is a fitting tribute to a man who has been instrumental in restoring history to a prominent place in contemporary architecture. In 22 essays, distinguished scholars and designers combine the insights of history, theory, and practice to reveal the evolution of design thought and methods.
Two Squares examines the changing role of public space in the cities of Beirut and Istanbul as they undergo major redevelopment. The study of Beirut looks at the redesign of Martyrs’ Square, and in Istanbul, the focus is on Sirkeci Square. This book examines the nature of public space in the 21st-century city, the history and evolution of public life in Beirut and Istanbul, and the possibilities of using these vital transportation nodes as opportunities for new design strategies.
Han Tümertekin: Recent Work
Focusing on six recent projects, this publication presents the architecture of renowned Turkish architect Han Tümertekin to the English-speaking world. The book examines in detail his ability to engage in some of the more difficult issues confronting architects throughout the world today, such as suburban tract development, landscape and environment, and the challenges of practicing in different countries throughout the world. It is the first of a new series of occasional monographs on contemporary designers in the Middle East and Muslim world.
Carlos Jimenez: House and Studio
"My proximity to this path’s every turn puts me much too close for objective appraisal, yet this position offers an auspicious vantage point from which to reflect on the implications of architecture in one’s life. I now gather some observations, memories, and moments, all of which emerge through one biographical detail or another--an inevitable outcome when writing on such a personal work, a work that by its evolving nature is both my first and my most recent project."--from an essay by Carlos Jimenez.
Enrique Norten: A House in the City
From an interview with Enrique Norten by Brigitte Shim: "What I was looking for with this house was probably a return to the main principles of modernism. I was trying to look for the very basics of architecture: a simple structure, simple construction methods, and straightforward spatial conditions that would satisfy the needs of our family. The house was a laboratory where I was looking back to where the tradition of modernity started, and I tried to recapture that."
Beyond Surface Appeal: Literalism, Sensibilities, and Constituencies in the Work of James Carpenter
Two essays and a set of original diagrams consider the parameters of the “something beyond” in James Carpenter’s projects. Photographs and extended captions from Carpenter complete this book’s documentation of key projects.
Aleppo: Rehabilitation of the Old City, The Eighth Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design
In Aleppo, Busquets describes the value of successful urban rehabilitation in this historic setting. The Syrian city of Aleppo won the prestigious Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design for its urban renewal efforts and Busquets offers an innovative take on how these rehabilitation projects are accomplished effectively.
Olympic Sculpture Park for the Seattle Art Museum: The Ninth Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design
Envisioned as a new urban model for sculpture parks, the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park is located on the city’s last undeveloped waterfront property—a nine-acre industrial site sliced by train tracks and an arterial road. The park not only brings art outside the museum walls but also brings the park itself into the landscape of the city. This study offers an opportunity to take a fresh look at the city and explore some hypotheses about the wider meaning of an urban design project.
The Favela-Bairro Project: Jorge Mario Jáuregui Architects, The Sixth Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design
The favelas of Rio de Janeiro are shantytowns that lack even the most basic infrastructure and services. The Favela-Bairro Project, featuring the work of Jorge Mario Jáuregui Architects, seeks to turn these blighted areas into functioning neighborhoods, or bairros.
Residential Waterfront, Borneo Sporenburg, Amsterdam: Adriaan Geuze, West 8 urban design & landscape architecture, The Seventh Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design
“When one reads or hears about the vicissitudes of the project’s evolution—about the long approval processes and the large cast of characters—it all seems like an excellent piece of narrative, a great plot replete with subplots leading us to intense episodes of dramatic action.”—from the Introduction
New Geographies, 3: Urbanisms of Color
Colors have a presence over and beyond the objects—buildings, spaces, billboards, artifacts, and people—that make up the city. Yet discussions on the city do not usually focus much on color, perhaps because urban colors are too often understood as being beyond any one authority or taste, or are simply dismissed as cosmetic, naïve, or intangible. Volume 3 of New Geographies brings together artists and designers, anthropologists, geographers, historians, and philosophers with the aim of challenging the status quo and exploring the potency, the interaction, and the neglected design possibilities of color at the scale of the city.
New Geographies, 4: Scales of the Earth
The first Apollo images of the Earth produced a perspective enabling humanity to act on Earth and its nature as if it controlled it from “outside.” The scale of vision, viewpoint, and qualification of space made possible by satellite imagery reframes contemporary debates on design, agency, and territory. Volume 4 of New Geographies features articles and projects that critically address the relationship of space with such modes of representation.
Deconstruction/Construction: The Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project in Seoul
The restoration of the Cheonggyecheon River that runs through Seoul, Korea, merits recognition as a seminal project in contemporary urban design. In this well-illustrated volume, contributors consider the ecological, infrastructural, and urban impacts of this exceptional project at the heart of the city.
Makina/Medina: On Cultural Heritage and Urban Development in the Historic City of Fez
Through a series of essays by urban historians, economists, and designers, Makina/Medina examines the potential impact of cultural events on the revitalization of historic cities. The aim of this volume is to explore how the urban design set up for a cultural event could help improve access and legibility in this medieval city and to positively affect its economic and social development. The book also includes a series of hypothetical design projects for the Makina Square by Harvard Graduate School of Design students.
The Superlative City: Dubai and the Urban Condition in the Early Twenty-First Century
Essays in The Superlative City examine the speed and aesthetic brashness of Dubai’s development in the early twenty-first century. Considering both visually arresting and less sensational elements of architecture, they situate Dubai’s urbanism in its contexts of architecture, urban planning and design, and historical and cultural processes.
Desert Tourism: Tracing the Fragile Edges of Development
Deserts are becoming increasingly popular tourist destinations. However, the growth of this tourism niche raises particular challenges, jeopardizing their fragile ecosystems and straining scarce resources. This book seeks to analyze the relationship between tourism and the sustainable development of those territories, addressing issues raised by architecture, landscape design, and planning.
The Architecture and Memory of the Minority Quarter in the Muslim Mediterranean City
A collaborative work among historians, literary specialists, and architects, this collection is directed at filling the gap in our knowledge about minority neighborhoods in the southern Mediterranean.
Landscapes of Development: The Impact of Modernization Discourses on the Physical Environment of the Eastern Mediterranean
Landscapes of Development analyzes the impact of development policies on the physical environment of the Eastern Mediterranean since the end of World War II. Essays examine formal manifestations of development, focusing on urban and rural schemes, housing projects, and agro-landscapes and dams from Israel to Turkey, and from Greece to Syria.
A Turkish Triangle: Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir at the Gates of Europe
Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir have been the major poles of growth and development in Turkey since the Republic was formed, although these three cities have followed very different paths. Through a series of three case studies and an introduction by Turkey’s most renowned urban historian and theorist, Ilhan Tekeli, the book studies the rise of these three main urban centers in Turkey and their roles in organizing the territory and its future reorganization.
Studio Works 11
Studio Works 11 features outstanding Harvard Graduate School of Design student work from 2003–2004 and 2004–2005, with material from exhibitions, research seminars, and thesis projects. Gund Hall’s open work spaces are vibrant with the talent and energy of future architects, landscape architects, and urban designers and planners.
Studio Works 10
Studio Works 10 features outstanding Harvard Graduate School of Design student work from 2001–2002 and 2002–2003, with material from exhibitions, research seminars, and thesis projects. Gund Hall’s open work spaces are vibrant with the talent and energy of future architects, landscape architects, and urban designers and planners.
New Geographies, 5: The Mediterranean
At the intersection of three continents, the Mediterranean is one of the most important areas on earth. In New Geographies, 5, contributors from a variety of disciplines recast “the Mediterranean” as a twenty-first-century geographic entity, challenging conventional boundaries and dismantling prevailing political, spatial, and cultural meanings.
New Geographies, 6: Grounding Metabolism
Many discussions of architectural metabolism fail to integrate formal, spatial, and material attributes. New Geographies, 6 traces alternative, synthetic routes to design based on better understanding the relation between metabolic models and concepts and the formal, physical, and material specificities of spatial structures across scales.
New Geographies, 7: Geographies of Information
New Geographies, 7 examines the forms, imprints, places, and territories of information and communication technologies (ICTs) through spatially grounded and nuanced accounts of the hybrid conditions that ICTs generate, the scales at which they operate, and how this production of space is manifested in both advanced and emerging economies.
Spatializing Politics: Essays on Power and Place
Spatializing Politics is an anthology of emerging scholarship that treats built and imagined spaces as critical to knowing political power. Essays illustrate how buildings and landscapes as disparate as Rust Belt railway stations and rural Rwandan hills become tools of political action and frameworks for political authority.
Airport Landscape: Urban Ecologies in the Aerial Age
Airports are central to the life of cities but have remained relatively peripheral in design discourse. In Airport Landscape, case study projects for the ecological enhancement of operating airports and the conversion of abandoned airports demonstrate, through a range of practices, the significance of airports as sites of design.
New Geographies, 8: Island
As a metaphor, the island has been a fecund source of inspiration across many domains. Yet the concept seems to contradict trends toward interconnectedness in the geographic and design fields. An “atlas” of islands, New Geographies, 8 explores the new limits of islandness and gathers examples to reassert its relevance for design disciplines.