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Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard University


48 Quincy St,
Cambridge, MA





Events at this Venue


Mon, September 18, 2017 from 01:00pm - 01:45pm  /  Harvard Graduate School of Design  /  Stubbins Room (Gund Hall 112)

City in Garden: Trees as Element of Urban Design

Department of Landscape Architecture Brown Bag Lecture Series presents:

“City in Garden: Trees as Element of Urban Design”

Lecture by Rajnish Wattas, Former Principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture

Rajnish Wattas is the former principal of the Chandigarh College of Architecture and currently visiting professor at various institutions. An architectural critic and Chandigarh’s modern heritage expert he has focused on city’s landscape design considerably. He has authored a compendium of professional writings and hundreds of general essays, travelogues and features in leading journals, newspapers and anthologies. He is co-author of two books Trees of Chandigarh and Sukhna — Sublime Lake of Chandigarh and has recently co-edited an anthology titled: Le Corbusier Rediscovered: Chandigarh and beyond to be published by October 2017. On various expert groups, he was a team member entrusted with evolving the ‘Master Plan of Chandigarh – 2031’ and now a member of the ‘Chandigarh Heritage Committee’ that oversees all heritage issues of the city and implementation of the ‘Management Plan’ following the UNESCO Heritage status accorded to its Capitol Complex. He is also founder member of the ‘Chandigarh Tree Lovers’ that promotes awareness about Chandigarh landscape.

Co-sponsored by the Harvard South Asia Institute and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design

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Wed, September 6, 2017  /  Gund Hall Gallery

Soft Thresholds: Projects of RMA Architects, Mumbai

A Harvard Graduate School of Design Exhibition

August 21 – October 6, 2017, with a special opening lecture on September 6 by Professor Rahul Mehrotra at 6pm, followed by a reception

Curated by: Professor Rahul Mehrotra
Location: Gund Hall Gallery

 

As a point of entry and exit, a threshold has a dual coding in society as both a physical and symbolic marker of separation and connection. Thresholds are often explicitly hard-edged or even brutal in their expression, demarcating rigid boundaries, as in the definitive lines of walls, barricades, and security checkpoints in buildings, around cities, or across larger territories. Too often, thresholds also divide human activity or communities according to social, ethnic, national, or economic characteristics. Architecture and planning can unwittingly contribute to these different forms of physical separation, especially in ways made visible through their practitioners’ interpretations of culture, religion, or legislation. As the academic disciplines that inform spatial practices, architecture and planning are themselves often similarly separated by disciplinary thresholds, inhibiting porosity between fields of research. By definition, an individual discipline necessarily is organized around a self-referential center of discursive production, but this often happens at the expense of the richness found at the intersection of multiple disciplinary perspectives. Is architecture, in its compulsive drive to create the autonomous object, inherently hardening the thresholds separating it from other disciplines and, by extension, reproducing those schisms within the built environment? Can architecture and planning intentionally construct soft thresholds―lines that are easily traversed, even temporarily erased―thereby allowing for multiple perspectives across different modes of research and practice and catalyzing disciplinary and social connections? What, then, is the physical expression of a soft threshold―a space that is visually and physically porous, plural in spirit, encompassing of its context, and yet rigorous in its expression?

This exhibition on the works of RMA Architects, Mumbai + Boston, represents the compulsive drive of the practice to construct soft thresholds―through research, engagement with the city, and making of architecture.

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Fri, March 10, 2017  /  Harvard Graduate School of Design

A World of Women Villages

Cosponsored Event

February 6 – March 10 2017
Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2nd Floor Exhibition Wall

Ashley C. Thompson, Design Studies in Risk and Resilience, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Curated from a collection of portraits of women and girls taken over more than 25 years of global travel, the exhibition presents ten portraits of women in rural villages from Nepal, Bhutan, Peru, and French Guiana. Accompanied by description and personal narrative, the work draws attention to a gendered global phenomenon: boys and men departing their homes and families, while the women remain.

The resulting distortion of the gender demographic across geographies and cultures is startling – villages everywhere seemingly inhabited only by women, children, and the elderly or impaired. Capturing the journey and imagination, of an American woman raised nomadically, the exhibition intimately frames her encounters with these girls and women and the realities they face, so drastically different from her own, incorporated into her own story of self.

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Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard University

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48 Quincy St,
Cambridge, MA

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Tue, October 21, 2014 at 06:30pm to
Thu, October 23, 2014 at 06:30pm  /  Harvard Graduate School of Design

The Secret Life of Cities

Urbanization Lecture Series

Series of Lectures with Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found

Read a summary of the event: Exploring a city’s narrative

Tuesday, Oct. 21: “Migration: Storytelling the City(6:30PM, Piper Auditorium GSD)
The worldwide stampede to urban areas has produced a set of narratives about the city; dislocation demands recollection. What are the official and unofficial stories of our cities? How do they attract migrants? The mystery of the self as it relates to the mystery of the city. 

Wednesday, Oct. 22: “Alienation: The Sadness of Cities” (6:30PM, Piper Auditorium GSD)
Each city has its own sadness: loneliness, inequality, slums. After we have stayed in a city awhile, it becomes mapped with love, experienced and lost. The conjunctions between poetry and urbanism.

Thursday, Oct. 23: Community: What is the City but the People?(6:30PM, Stubbins 112, Gund Hall GSD)
Cities can be resilient not just in their physical structure but in their spirit. In the absence of a functioning government, they survive through a series of solidarity networks that sustain the populace, small solutions for the big city. What role does the state have in fostering them? How do we fashion a city that may not include everybody, but excludes nobody?

What is the city but the people?” asks Shakespeare in Coriolanus.

In this series of lectures, writer Suketu Mehta looks at the urban human being, exploring themes of migration, loneliness, and community in the world’s cities. Mehta is author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found (2004), which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He has won the Whiting Writers Award and an O. Henry Prize for his essays and fiction, which have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Harper’s, Time, and Newsweek, and featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and “All Things Considered.” Mehta is currently working on a book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Both venues are in Gund Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge MA

Cosponsored with the Harvard Graduate School of Design

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Harvard University

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48 Quincy St,
Cambridge, MA

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Wed, April 18, 2012 from 08:00 am - 05:00 pm  /  Harvard Graduate School of Design

Urbanization Seminar Series

Mega-Cities, the Urban Poor and the Price of Planning: The Case of Slum Upgrading in Indian Cities

Chair: Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Janice Perlman, Founder & President of the Mega-Cities Project

Co-sponsored with the Harvard Graduate School of Design

 

Watch the video below:

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Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard University

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48 Quincy St,
Cambridge, MA

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Thu, March 8, 2012 from 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm  /  Harvard Graduate School of Design

Urbanization Seminar Series

A Tale of Three Cities: India’s Urban Future

Chaired by Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Date: Thursday, March 08, 2012 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Location: Stubbins Room, Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge , MA 02138

Ravi Kalia, Professor of Asian Studies, Division of Humanities and the Arts, City College of New York, CUNY

 

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Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard University

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48 Quincy St,
Cambridge, MA

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Wed, November 9, 2011 from 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm  /  Harvard Graduate School of Design

Urbanization Seminar Series

Planned Neighborhoods: The Long-term Account of An American Design Concept in Independent India

Co-sponsored with the Harvard Graduate School of Design
Sanjeev VidyarthiAssistant Professor of Urban Planning & Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

View the seminar through Vimeo, here.

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Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard University

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48 Quincy St,
Cambridge, MA

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Fri, October 21, 2011 from 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm  /  Harvard Graduate School of Design

Urbanization Seminar Series

The Future of South Asia: A Landscape of Pluralism

Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Chair: Hiteshkumar Hathi, Producer of NPR’s ‘Here and Now’

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design

Watch this seminar here.

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Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 06:00 pm

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Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 08:00 pm

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Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard University

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48 Quincy St,
Cambridge, MA

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Thu, September 22, 2011 from 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm  /  Harvard Graduate School of Design

Urbanization Seminar Series

Are Indian Cities ‘Global’? Assessing Recent Research on State, Space and Citizenship

Gavin ShatkinAssociate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning University of Michigan
Chair: Rahul MehrotraProfessor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Design

View the seminar on the GSD website, here.

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Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 06:30 pm

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Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 08:00 pm

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Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard University

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48 Quincy St,
Cambridge, MA

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