On January 29, the Harvard Graduate School of Design's Spring 2019 public program opens with a conversation led by Michael Jakob to introduce the exhibition Mountains and the Rise of Landscape, while Dilip da Cunha takes up “The Invention of Rivers” for his February 19 Daniel Urban Kiley Lecture. Elsewhere in the program, Kimberly Dowdell (March 26) and Janette Sadik-Khan (March 28) present observations on transformative urban design and development.
Early-career architects bring fresh perspectives to the series, including talks by Beate Hølmebakk (February 4), Norman Kelley (February 5), and TEd’A (April 8). A range of artists, philosophers, and historians enliven the program, with contributions from David Hartt (February 26) and Rosi Braidotti (March 12), among others.
Other conversations on timely issues round out the semester, including an April 9 panel discussion on race, violence, and design; an April 11 panel on “Designing Detroit,” featuring Rip Rapson with Maurice Cox and Toni L. Griffin; and an April 12 roundtable from the GSD’s Practice Platform on “First Projects.”
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Harvard GSD Spring 2019 public program
“On Mountains” with Anita Berrizbeitia, Ed Eigen, Michael Jakob, Pablo Perez Ramos, and Jeffrey Schnapp
Jakob is lead curator of the Spring 2019 main exhibition Mountains and the Rise of Landscape. He joins exhibition co-curators in a conversation about mountains and their complex, fascinating history.
Beate Hølmebakk, “Constructions on Sites and Paper”
Norwegian architect Hølmebakk established Manthey Kula in 2004 and has been professor at Oslo’s AHO since 2007.
Norman Kelley (Carrie Norman & Thomas Kelley), “Things not as they are”
Architects Norman and Kelley established Norman Kelley in 2012, and operate the office jointly between New York City and Chicago.
Daniel Urban Kiley Lecture: Dilip da Cunha, “The Invention of Rivers”
da Cunha is an architect and planner based in Philadelphia and Bangalore. Drawing on his new book, The Invention of Rivers, he will discuss how the separation of land and water is not just an act of division but also an act of creation.
HECTOR (Jae Shin & Damon Rich)
HECTOR is an urban design, planning & civic arts practice led by Jae Shin & Damon Rich. They work on designs for public places, neighborhood plans, and development regulations.
Kuehn Malvezzi, “A HOUSE BETWEEN”
Architects Simona Malvezzi, Wilfried Kuehn, and Johannes Kuehn founded Kuehn Malvezzi in Berlin in 2001.
Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: David Hartt, “Urban Futures of the Recent Past”
Hartt creates work that unpacks the social, cultural, and economic complexities of his various subjects. He explores how historic ideas and ideals persist or transform over time.
Loreta Castro Reguera
Castro Reguera is founder of Taller Capital, an architecture practice in Mexico City.
Aga Khan Program Lecture: Rania Ghosn
Ghosn is associate professor of architecture and urbanism at MIT and founding partner of DESIGN EARTH.
Kenneth Helphand, “Lawrence Halprin”
Helphand is Philip H. Knight emeritus professor of landscape architecture at the University of Oregon.
Braidotti is a contemporary philosopher and feminist theoretician.
Aga Khan Program Lecture: Sahel Al Hiyari
Al Hiyari is the principal of Sahel Al Hiyari Architects, an Amman-based architectural practice working in a wide spectrum of disciplines.
19th Annual John T. Dunlop Lecture: Kimberly Dowdell, “Diverse City: How Equitable Design and Development Will Shape Urban Futures”
Dowdell’s career with major architectural and real estate firms in Washington, D.C. and New York coupled with her tenure working with the City of Detroit have rounded out her experience as an equitable development professional.
Janette Sadik-Khan, “Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution”
One of the leading voices on urban transportation policy, Sadik-Khan is internationally respected for her transformative redesigns of New York City streets and rapid-implementation strategies that are being replicated today in cities around the world. She was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation from 2007–2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Kiley Fellow Lecture: Montserrat Bonvehi Rosich
Bonvehi Rosich was the GSD’s 2017-2018 Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow. She is a licensed Spanish architect and urban designer.
Open House Lecture: Ellen Van Loon
Van Loon is a partner at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).
TEd'A Arquitectes is a Mallorca-based studio founded by Irene Pérez and Jaume May.
“Beyond the Surface: Race, Violence, and Design,” with Anita Berrizbeitia, Eve Blau, Julian Bonder, Lizabeth Cohen, John Davis, Jeanne Gang, Mark Lee, Erika Naginski, Finola O’Kane, Antoine Picon, and Delia Wendel
This half-day symposium will explore design and its problematic relationship with violence, from war to racism. Speakers will address how design may become complicit in violence, and how it can, alternatively, engage with and confront a site’s conflicted past.
Rip Rapson with Maurice Cox and Toni L. Griffin, “Designing Detroit: A Decade of Change and Transformation”
Rapson is president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation. Cox is the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Detroit. Griffin is Professor in Practice of Urban Planning at the GSD.
“First Projects: An Unplugged Conversation”
The GSD’s Practice Platform convenes a candid roundtable conversation with leading designers, revealing stories behind first projects and the seminal efforts that launch remarkable careers.
Hecht is Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, Ponticia Universidad Católica de Chile.
“Space, Movement, and the Technological Body: A Tribute to the Bauhaus”
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus School of Design, the GSD hosts a night of screenings and performances that explore new bodily and spatial interfaces, including a movement-based performance by students developed in collaboration with a course taught by Krzysztof Wodiczko and Ani Liu. This event is organized in conjunction with the Harvard Art Museums’ exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard.