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STUDENT GROUPS FALL 2010 - SPRING 2011

Student Forum currently provides annual funding to a number of Student Groups. These organizations are entirely established and run by members of the GSD student body. Any student is free and encouraged to establish a new group that they feel offers new knowledge and experiences to the GSD community. Click here to read the guidelines for GSD student organizations.

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American Society of Landscape Architects (Harvard University student chapter)
Asia GSD
Beer n' Dogs
Build Club
Canada GSD
China GSD
Club MEDINA
Design Agent
Design with Animals
DIY (Design Initiative for Youth)
European Design Circle
Greece GSD
Green Design
Group for the Philosophy of Architecture
GSD Christian Community
GSD Real Estate Development Club (RED)
Harvard Urban Planning Organization (HUPO)
Housing GSD
India GSD
Inflatables
International Development and Urbanism (IDU)
Italian Society at Harvard Graduate School of Design
Japan GSD
Korea GSD
Land GSD
Landscape Lunchbox
Latin GSD
MDesS Club
The Mediterranean Society
My City, My Future
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
New Geographies
Out Design
Planners Network
Repurpose Group
Student Lecture Series
SoCA (Social Change and Activism)
Student Lecture Series
Student Wall
Trays
Urban Mobilities
Village Link
Women in Design
"YES NO" Student Journal
Yoga GSD

Online Student Group Forms

Below are forms pertaining to Student Groups. The first two forms outline GSD Student Group guidelines. The remaining forms are ones that can be turned in to the Student Forum mailbox in Student Services, Room 422 to establish a new organization, request funding, and seek reimbursement for expenses made after funding requests have been awarded. Registration forms should be turned in by ALL groups by the end of third week in the fall semester regardless of previous year's activities or status and whether or not a budget will be requested. In some cases, new groups can be formed in the spring semester; however, Student Forum would need to review each case and approve new group requests based on group's purpose as well as Student Forum's budget and schedule.

Current Student Organizations

American Society of Landscape Architects (Harvard University student chapter)
The mission of the Harvard University Student Chapter of the ASLA is the advancement of knowledge, education, and skill in the art and science of landscape architecture as an instrument of service in the public welfare. The Society promotes the profession of landscape architecture and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. (Contact officers)

Asia GSD
Founded in 1994, AsiaGSD is a student organization at the Harvard Graduate School of Design that bridges divergent groups of students, faculty and professionals committed to design issues relevant to the Asia Pacific region. As it has been for the past 15 years, it is our mission to continue promoting an awareness of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design, and related disciplines in the visual and design arts within an Asian context. By fostering dialogues focused on professional and scholarly concerns between students, academics and professionals from around the world, AsiaGSD creates an open community with a broad regional framework for Asians and non-Asians alike. (Contact officers)

Beer and Dogs
Beer and Dogs is a weekly event that brings together all members of the GSD community for casual social interaction. Free beer, inexpensive food, and music are provided, creating a respite from the weekly pressures of life at Harvard. The organizers of Beer and Dogs welcome cooperation with other student groups and individuals to provide additional activities, themes, and improvements for this longstanding GSD tradition. (Contact officers)

Build Club
The primary focus of the Build Club is to facilitate the design, development, and fabrication of student initiated projects to be done in and outside the GSD. Build Club is dedicated to bringing students of varying skill sets and disciplines together in a collaborative design process. Above all it is the intention of Build Club to develop a culture within the school that encourages students to identify opportunities, propose solutions, and produce results in their time at the GSD. (Contact officers)

Canada GSD
CanadaGSD is focused on promoting Canadian design issues and fostering connections between Canadians, past and present, studying and teaching at the GSD. In addition to highlighting Canadian topics in Architecture, Landscape and Urban Design, we sponsor social events in conjunction with the wider Harvard community through the Harvard Graduate Students Canada Club. (Contact officers)

China GSD
The ChinaGSD provides a platform for GSD students who are interested in design and urbanism issues in China. We aim to enhance interaction between the design disciplines in GSD through social and academic events. ChinaGSD brings a fresh outlook on contemporary China, promotes cultural and social understanding, and add to the international diversity of GSD student body. (Contact officers)

Club MEDINA
The student club aims to provide a better understanding of the cultures and dynamics of the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region and to promote dialogue and links between the academic and professional milieu between East and West. With past and present members representing countries as diverse as Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Israel, Iran, Japan, Jordan Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, and the United States, Club Medina investigates architectural, urban and cultural topics in the light of critical political and economical regional developments. Bring your ideas for Club MEDINA events for speakers, lectures, panels, exhbits, etc. If you would like to bring someone/something to the GSD, this is an opportunity to do so! (Contact officers)

Critical Digital
The purpose of Critical Digital is to foster the dialogue about digital media, digital technology and design, and to challenge the basis of contemporary digital media arguments. The intention of the group is to identify, distinguish and offer a critique for current trends, tendencies and movements in digital culture. Through diverse activities it intends to develop a direction of thought into a proposed framework to sustain discourse that will challenge what is rapidly becoming the mainstream. It will provide a permanent forum for discussion and enrichment of the experiences in this field of study in the Harvard - GSD community, and also pursue to establish a vital link and presence with outside communities. (Contact officers)

Design Agent
Design Agent provides a forum for critical discussion of biologically-inspired multi-agent systems. Can looking at self-constructed and self-organizing systems influence the design process to be more responsive to the local context? We are interested in both site-specific examples and a theoretical understanding of seemingly naturally occurring processes as they relate to human behavior. Topics may include: patterning, stigmergy, flocking, emergence, and synchronization. (Contact officers)

Design with Animals
Design with Animals (D.W.A.) is interested in exploring the aesthetic potential of living organisms in the design process. We seek to subvert outmoded notions of ecology, nature and quantitative science, we embrace the visual, the qualitative, the phantasmagorical. We are committed to the propagation of the mystical and the occult. (Contact officers)

DIY (Design Initative for Youth)
Design Initiative for Youth (DIY) is a community outreach program that strives to introduce basic design concepts and critical thinking skills to eighth graders. It has succeeded in giving these students an understanding of the built environment and how design can be a viable career option to shape their communities. The program also allows the GSD to strengthen ties to the community it inhabits, enabling the academic and social realms to positively impact one another. (Contact officers)

European Design Circle
The European Design Circle is a student group focused in European Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Design, Art and any other creative field. It will organize events that that will spread the European contemporary practices, values and ideas. The goal is to create a network and facilitate student interaction with the Harvard and GSD community. (Contact officers)

Greece GSD
GreeceGSD attempts to critically explore issues pertaining design education, research and creative practice in Greece and the broader Mediterranean area. In an attempt to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue, Greek and international students, scholars and professionals of all areas are invited to share their expertise and propose unexpected ways of thinking and doing in local and global level. (Contact officers)

Green Design
Founded in fall 2005, GSD Green Design offers a platform to discuss sustainable design. We bring in practitioners leading the field in all aspects of green design with the aim of putting sustainability at the forefront of design thinking at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Our activities promote awareness of and engagement with issues relating to environmental sustainability in the built environment. We also collaborate with the GSD Green Team (facilities/staff) as well as student-led groups at other Harvard schools. We promote talks by professionals and academics at the cutting edge of green thinking. Through these sessions we aim to define what green design is and explore how it is relevant to the different design disciplines in the GSD. (Contact officers)

Group for the Philosophy of Architecture
The GPA is a student-led association of GSD students interested in engaging in seminal issues on philosophy and its relevance to contemporary architectural history and theory and the related arts. GPA will invite occassional guest speakers to the GSD to give informal lectures on topics ranging from architectural history and interdisciplinary theories to philosophical inquiry. An emphasis among the GPA's proposed monthly meetings will be on previously posted topics of philosophical interest to GSD-affiliated students and faculty and the Harvard community. The GPA's objectives are to establish and foster an intellectual community within the GSD as well as a social forum of students and faculty interested in the informal discussion of philosophy in architecture and the related arts. (Contact officers)

GSD Christian Commuity
This group meets for regularly scheduled discussion and dinner. This group is not restricted to Christians only and invites those from other faiths and beliefs to dialogue with the discussion topics which vary from week to week. Discussion topics are centered around how Christianity, ethics, pertains to our lives as designers, planners, etc. Students from all disciplines are invited to participate. (Contact officers)

GSD Real Estate Development Club (RED)
The Harvard Real Estate Development Club (RED) is a student group for members of the Harvard community interested in real estate and urban development issues. The RED Club strives to provide a forum for ongoing dialogue with experts, leading professionals in the field and practitioners. Members are interested in various aspects of development, including real estate finance, public/private ventures, architectural design, international development, urban design and environmental planning. Please visit our website to learn more about the Club, our executive committee and up coming events: www.hcs.harvard.edu/redclub (Contact officers)

Harvard Urban Planning Organization (HUPO)
The Harvard Urban Planning Organization is a student group for members of the Harvard community interested in urban planning issues. HUPO seeks to supplement the academic preparation in urban planning programs of the GSD with direct and informal contact with practitioners and professionals. HUPO also seeks to forge ties with other planning students in the Boston area, and is the student chapter of the American Planning Association. (Contact officers)

Housing GSD
Housing GSD coordinates events for students and faculty interested in housing policy and design issues. In 2009-2010, Housing GSD focused on equity in housing provision, and aimed to attract attention to the concerns of individuals and families facing difficulty in securing stable, affordable housing. With this end in mind, Housing GSD organized and co-sponsored a number of events including: a preview screening and discussion with the filmmakers of an upcoming documentary “Subprimed," a guided tour of a Boston LEED certified HOPE VI public housing project, an exhibition of GSD student work as part of the Boston-wide Affordable Housing Development Competition, and a summit discussion on affordable housing, “Aligning Interests: Delivering Affordable and Mixed-Income Housing,” featuring esteemed professionals in the field. (Contact officers)

India GSD
India GSD will specifically look at design issues pertinent to the country and be an agency for understanding, provocation, and debates about the past, present, and future of design in India. The group will seek to promote greater awareness and understanding of political, social, and cultural issues regarding India in the Harvard community by appropriate means such as publications, meetings, seminars, and other educational activities. The group will also serve as a point of contact for any student interested in living/working in or studying about India as well as for companies and academic institutions interested in the built enviornment of India. .(Contact officers)

Inflatables
We are an organization trying to increase awareness of the latent utility of inflatable structures as a light weight, rapidly deployable alternative to traditional resource intensive construction, whether at the scale of an installation or a building. Specifically, we aim to design and fabricate inflatables that will contribute to the Harvard and Cambridge communities. (Contact officers)

International Development and Urbanism (IDU)
From housing policy and infrastructure development to environmental justice and urban conflict, GSD:IDU endeavors to provide a forum for issues related to international development, urbanization, and urban and regional planning at the GSD as well as across the Harvard campus. Potential activities include: hosting speakers on topics related to the social, cultural, and political dimensions of development; scheduling screenings of films and documentaries; and informing the community of events of interest occurring locally. Through these activities, GSD:IDU aims to forge connections with other student groups at the GSD and at Harvard, as well as with those at other universities within Greater Boston. (Contact officers)

Italian Society at Harvard Graduate School of Design
The aim of the Italian Society at Harvard Graduate School of Design focus primarily on networking within the GSD, the group attempts to connect interested students, explore Italian culture and ultimately create a platform for the Italian academy and Italian designers through lectures, exhibitions and social events. We will work in collaboration with the existing student group Italian Society at Harvard Kennedy School (KSSG) established in 2008. The Italian Society ah HKS is already cooperating with the whole Italian community at Harvard University (undergraduates, graduates, faculty). Website: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/italian-society/ . We will also collaborate with the other groups at GSD, especially European GSD and beer and dogz. (Contact officers)

Japan GSD
To promote and develop cross-disciplinary interest in Japanese design. To help bring together people from diverse nationalities and backgrounds with a shared interest in contemporary Japanese architecture, landscape architecture, product design, fine arts and other creative disciplines. Lectures by practicing and notable Japanese designers, exhibits, and other events will provide a forum for networking and collaboration. We welcome everyone to join JapanGSD! (Contact officers)

KoreaGSD
With a focus on architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, which are realted to cultural, and political issues of Korea, Korea GSD hopes to introduce Koreans and Americans to different needs and conditions of both nations. Working closely with the Harvard Korean Society, we seek to create academic and professional relationships to the Far East. (Contact officers)

LandGSD
LandGSD seeks to promote a critical discourse surrounding ideas of land, of landscape and landscape architecture. LandGSD is simultaneously aimed at engaging the GSD wide community as well as internally to the Masters of Landscape Architecture students in the GSD as our primary student group. Our activity involves conversation and debate in addition to physical manifestations. (Contact officers)

Landscape Lunchbox
Founded in 1901, the Landscape Lunchbox is a weekly lecture series that seeks to disseminate ideas and projects about landscape architecture and the city from students and emerging practitioners and academics. The series attracts a general GSD audience and serves as an open forum for discussion between students, faculty and guest speakers. Yummy lunch will also be served. (Contact officers)

LatinGSD
The Latin GSD pursues the institionalization of the interest in Latin America as a field of thought, critique and design in the Harvard community. Its main objectives are to open a permanent space of study and exchange towards the production and discussion of Architecture, Landscape Urban Design and Planning in Latin America and to strengthen the relationship between artists, professors, students and intellectuals. It is also in our goal to sustain subjects of cultural diversity as a search for integration, constantly aiming towards an objective representation of the ideas and regions in its means of action. (Contact officers)

MDesS Club
The MDesS Club strive to be a venue for all MDesS and DDesS students to host various events and gatherings that promote the interdisciplinary nature of the program and to integrate Advanced Placement students with the GSD community. MDesS students are very active in investigating various aspects in research and practices in the area of sustainable design, real estate, urbanization and ecology, technology, and history and theory. (Contact officers)

The Mediterranean Society
The Mediterranean Society is a student organization at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for students interested in promoting a Mediterranean discourse which transcends national and cultural barriers, through inter-disciplinary research and dissemination. It aims to review previous debates and establish a Mediterranean Urban network by evaluating its common foundations, identifying emerging trend and promoting potential futures for the region. (Contact officers)

My City, My Future
Club My City, My Future (Club MC, MF) studies the potential of participatory mapping as an empowerment tool for youth in the slums of rapidly urbanizing cities. Our mapping approach presents an opportunity for youth to 'look at themselves over time' in terms of population/growth, resources (water, electricity, sanitation), urban planning, social issues, and political representation. It also acknowledges the need for and fosters collaboration with government institutions for real change. The club will critically analyze a mapping project with youth in a slum of Rio de Janeiro carried out by the founding members, and will discuss future activities either in the same community or in other under-served areas. (Contact officers)

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
NOMAS acts as an increasing influential voice, promoting the quality and excellence of minority design professionals and students. There are NOMAS Chapters in all parts of the country, increasing recognition on colleges and university campuses and providing greater access to government policy makers. Specifically, NOMAS aims to foster communications and fellowship among minority architects, create and maintain relationships with other professionals and technicians whose work affects the physical and social environment, and be an effective source of motivation and inspiration for minority youth. (Contact officers)

New Geographies
New Geographies journal aims to examine the emergence of the geographic, a new but for the most part latent paradigm in design today--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, with the 'Geographic' condition reflecting 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 through that a range of technical, formal, and social repertoires for architecture. (Contact officers)

Out Design
Out Design is an association for students of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community and students interested in issues related to the LGBTQ community. We host social events and mixers with other Harvard LGBTQ graduate student groups (such as the KSG, HLS, and HBS) and similar groups at MIT, as well as with GSD alumni. We provide an email forum for the exchange of information among members regarding political issues, community events, and informal social gatherings. Our growing membership is committed to expanding the activities and visibility of OutDesign. (Contact officers)

Planners Network - Harvard
Planners Network is an association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic, and environmental planning in urban and rural areas, who promote fundamental change in our political and economic systems. Planners Network - Harvard works to organize and educated GSD students around progressive planning issues in the local community. (Contact officers)

Repurpose Group
Repurpose Group focuses on the repurposing of contemporary technologies in the service of architectural research. Each year we focus on a single product and exploit the numerous ways it may be hacked and redeployed as a form of site/contextual analysis or as a new design object in and of itself. We will not sponsor events but rather unleash our experiments within the GSD as a form of continuous research. Year One we will focus on the Parrot AR-Drone helicopter. This product contains an onboard video camera, is GPS enabled, and can be controlled through a web-interface. Through repurposing, we intend to take this product out of the realm of mere hobby, and turn it into a device for small scale site analysis and architectural spectacle. (Contact officers)

SoCA (Social Change and Activism)
As a group of concerned students who view social responsibility as central to our education and our profession, SoCA seeks - through a coupled advocacy and activism - to reground design and planning in the social issues of today's global reality. (Contact officers)

Student Lecture Series
The aims of the Student Lecture series are to test our own ideas, generate discussions about work happening from student's own initiative and to introduce peers and faculty to our own extra-curricular work. The talks direct the audience to a particular insight, problem, or unresolved issue. The issue could be a political one, about our discipline of design, or a theoretical polemic. This is a testing ground for continued projects, a place to ask peers for casual review, and a platform to introduce faculty to your individual work and original ideas or side projects. (Contact officers)

Student Exhibition Wall
The Student Wall organization offers students the opportunity to display their own work in the lobby of Gund Hall. Work can be in practically any medium about practically any subject. The student (or group of students) truly acts as curator of the exhibit, dictating its form and content from conception to realization. (Contact officers)

Trays
trays is a forum in which students can post their projects from inside and outside the GSD. Students may submit writing and/or images, and possibly alternative media and forms of interactivity when those become desirable. The editorial team will work with the student submitting work to prepare the piece for "publishing" on the web site, through a highly flexible editing process and through a consideration of how the piece relates to other pieces on the web site. Editors will also conduct interviews, contact alumni and notable professionals, and author other features that will help to give a broader sense of the range of activities and possibilities that are to be found at the GSD. (Contact officers)

Tourism Club
Harvard Tourism Club is a student-led organization dedicated to connecting students, faculty, and practitioners interested in tourism as a social, economic, governance and planning issue. We hope to provide a forum for discussion and debate about good and bad examples of tourism throughout the world and to promote further study of tourism at Harvard’s many graduate schools. As a result we hope to involve students from different academic and professional backgrounds to help create: a holistic approach toward tourism, a common research database, and perhaps some innovative thinking about the future of tourism. (Contact officers)

Urban Mobilities
Modern human activities are conducted "on the move": this group's scope is to both theorize on and initiate such experiences. It is open to all students who wish to think on this topic, discuss and move. Urban Mobilities aim at identifying, analyzing, and designing for, human displacements in urban environments. The group will foster a dialogue about personal journeys in the urban setting, experiences of place in motion, and notions of mobile presence, co-presence and digi-presence. Networks, transportation systems and travel will be brought into discussion in terms of their socio-economic, cultural and spatial impact. Strategies of design for urban mobilities will be questioned and redefined. Urban games will be designed and played. (Contact officers)

Village Link
VillageLink advocates the role of villages as valuable components in future regional development. VillageLink seeks to derive inspiration for planning policy and principals from the rich experience and histories of rural communities. The group identifies ideas and proposals for community and market development at the rural level and connects them with projects and resources in cities and universities. During the year VillageLink will hold regular meetings to discuss work associated with the group’s projects which students started this summer in China. The group will also invite speakers who specializes on rural development and society, and advocate broadly for attention to the rural sector throughout the Harvard community. (Contact officers)

Women in Design
To support and promote women's achievements in design. To create an atmosphere of learning and success, which includes the active participation of women, for all students at the GSD. To explore the inclusion of historically underrepresented groups, as well as other gender issues in the history and exhibition of design. (Contact officers)

"YES NO" Student Journal
Our new student journal will open up a critical discourse on the question of an architectural zeitgeist through a series of problematic "prompts." We will solicit current ideas, critiques, and opinions of students (alongside faculty) and publish them in an informal but curated forum that reflects the new developing ideas of school as a body in reaction to current events, trends, lectures, and controversies. We hope to offer an alternative to the unedited nature of blogs, but also the exclusive (and institutional) nature of academic journals. (Contact officers)

Yoga GSD
Description coming soon. (Contact officers)