Recent releases from the GSD

Engaging Architecture, Landscape, and the City
edited by Mohsen Mostafavi and Peter Christensen
published by Lars Muller
ISBN 978-3-03778-307-8
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The creative imagination is not solely based on the intuitive capacities of individuals. One of the tasks of design education is to help provide the tools, techniques, and methods that enhance constructed imagination. At the same time, the modes and practices of design need to confront the challenges of our contemporary societies. The commitment to societal engagement through design excellence is at the core of the pedagogy at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. This volume celebrating the first seventy-five years of the GSD presents episodes in a rich history along with selected looks at current and future lines of teaching and research; these views reveal the constant oscillation between the pragmatic realities and the imagined yet never realized ideal that lies at the heart of design. Our aspirations are demonstrated through a series of ideas, projects, practices—INSTIGATIONS—that reflect the mission of the GSD to reimagine and construct better futures.

Architecture for the World
edited by Seng Kuan and Yukio Lippit
published by Lars Muller
ISBN 978-3-03778-310-8
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Kenz Tange (1913–2005) is a peerless figure among twentieth-century Japanese architects, unmatched in his talent, influence, and versatility. This unique assemblage of new scholarship by an international team of experts reframes Tange according to the contingencies of Japanese modernism as well as contemporary discourses of cultural identity, technology, urbanization, and the synthesis of the arts. Case studies on celebrated works—Hiroshima, Tokyo Bay Plan,and Yoyogi Stadiums—clarify Tange’s wide-ranging interests and design methodology. Abundantly illustrated with archival drawings and period photographs, this volume provides fresh and compelling perspectives on the practices, discourses, and production contexts of Tange’s work as well as the architecture and urbanism of postwar Japan. This represents the most serious and comprehensive reassessment of Tange in the English language in decades.

Parallel Narratives of the Urban
edited by Mohsen Mostafavi
published by Lars Muller
ISBN 978-3-03778-302-3
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What is it that gives places their individual qualities and defines the life of a city? Architects and urbanists are accustomed to describing and creating the organizational structures, the layouts and physical attributes of our cities. But what are the relations between the design of a city—its form—and the life engendered by that form? Responding to this question is the inspiration for this book. Contributors from a wide range of fields address the inseparability of urban life and urban form in cities as diverse as Baku, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Detroit, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Paris, Quito, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Tirana, and Toronto. Portfolios of contemporary photography assert the layered realities of urban life today.