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 reflect 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.
Moshen Mostafavi and Peter Christensen, Editors
Lars Mueller, Publisher