Inside Scoop

"Inside Scoop," Harvard Design Magazine, No. 47, S/S 2019

The 47th issue of Harvard Design Magazine is a renewed call to expand the architectural imagination to the interior. We go inside to consider the interior’s equipment and furnishings; its textures, colors, and atmospheres; its light and acoustics; its relationships with the body and the senses; and its potential to organize and influence human behavior, health, and everyday life.

“What about the inside?” asked Mohsen Mostafavi in 2008, when he began his deanship at the Harvard GSD. In the midst of a global financial crisis, the first iPhone release, and intensifying Obama campaign chants of “Yes We Can,” a disoriented generation of students and practitioners were reassessing their discipline. No longer tasked with generating monumental megaprojects, architects had to find other, more modest ways to make an impact. It was an apt moment to look inward—to reassess, and even redefine, the boundaries of the design disciplines.

Mohsen’s question prompted this magazine’s 29th issue, developed around the idea that the interior had been neglected, even trivialized, in recent practice and discourse. It was a call for experimental collaboration among the design disciplines, and for a reintegration of the realms in which they operate. A decade later, as Mohsen’s deanship comes to a close, we’ve gone inside once again by way of the rich history of the magazine itself.

Highlighting and reflecting on Harvard Design Magazine’s archive, and presenting innovative approaches to interior spaces past and present, “Inside Scoop” opens up the magazine as an interior itself, one housing vital objects of thought.

“Inside Scoop” combines archival essays by, among others, Mark WigleyPenelope Dean, Marshall Berman, Jenna Sutela, McKenzie Wark, Kersten Geers, ÅYR, and Peter Sloterdijk; response papers by Sylvia Lavin, Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, Barbara Penner, Lois Weinthal, and Shannon Mattern; a faculty conversation with Michelle Chang, Preston Scott Cohen, Andrew Holder, Jon Lott, Toshiko Mori, and Mack Scogin; as well as an interview with LUMA Foundation founder Maja Hoffmann; and an extensive image essay on interiors.

Edited by Jennifer Sigler and Leah Whitman-Salkin.
Designed by With Projects, Inc.

240 pages, 21.6 x 30.5 cm
ISSN 1093-4421
ISBN 978-1-934510-74-2
$16 / €15 / £11

Published by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Spring/Summer 2019.