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Imagining a City-World Beyond Cosmopolis publication

posted Feb 28, 2012, 1:33 PM by Patricia Martin

It has been recently published a new book compiling the research on New Geographies developed at Harvard Graduate School of Design, in which I participated under the supervision of Prof. Hashim Sarkis.


"Increasingly designers are being compelled to address and transform larger contexts and to give these contexts more legible and expressive form. New problems are being placed on the tables of designers (e.g.: infrastructure, urban systems, regional and rural questions). Problems that had been confined to the domains of engineering, ecology, or regional planning are now looking for articulation by design. This situation has opened up a range of technical and formal possibilities that had been out of reach for designers. The need to address these `geographic’ aspects has also encouraged designers to re-examine their tools and to develop means to link together attributes that had been understood to be either separate from each other or external to their disciplines. For example, in the past decade, different versions of landscape urbanism have emerged in response to similar challenges).

Yet engaging the geographic does not only mean a shift in scale. This has also come to affect the formal repertoire of architecture, even at a smaller scale, with more architects becoming interested in forms that reflect the geographic connectedness of architecture, by its ability to bridge between the very large and the very small (networks and frameworks) or to provide forms that embody geographic references (e.g.: continuous surfaces, environmentally integrated buildings)."

Prof. Hashim Sarkis