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GSD Platform 7

Leire Asensio Villoria

A selection from a year’s design speculations, events, and other activities at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

The Harvard Graduate School of Design prides itself on the wide scope of its global aspirations, collaborations, and projects. As a School, they are deeply interested in the conditions giving rise to new topics that benefit from the design imagination of our students and faculty across a range of fields and practices. This approach is not so much new as it is intentional, forming a deliberate cornerstone of our mission and pedagogy. They wish for their work to be transformative in multiple locations and in richly varied geographies, societies, economies, cultures, and political circumstances. The projects presented in this book all play their part in taking up this planetary imperative.


Author: Leire Asensio Villoria (ed.)

Size: 15,5 x 23 cm
Pages: 360
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: February 2015
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-43-7
Price: 30€ / $34.95 / £26

Published with Harvard University
Graduate School of Design


The New Landscape of Tourism

David Goodman

An IE University Undergraduate School academic experiment emphasizing the importance of architectural design strategies in the process of reformulating the tourist offering within the framework of an open debate about new models for development.

The book has a two-fold objective: to explore new avenues of thought in design teaching, and to do so through research that deals with new architectural landscapes that are linked to tourism. Publishing the Undergraduate Final Projects from IE University’s Undergraduate Architecture program responds to the desire to highlight the importance of design strategies in the process of reformulating the tourist offering within the framework of an open debate about new models for development. The infrastructural nature of architectural design imbues the architect’s creative capacity with the healthy ambition of transforming the territory into new landscapes for touristic opportunities.


Authors: Juan Elvira, David Goodman, Pablo Oriol, Roger Paez, Fernando Rodríguez, Lina Toro (eds.)

Size: 18 x 25,5 cm / 7.1 x 10 in.
Pages: 208
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: February 2015
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-48-2
Price: 30€/ $34.95 / £28

Trans Structures

Fluid Architecture and Liquid Engineering

Matyas Gutai

The book introduces water as a building material to build unique, responsive-able structures and define a new paradigm for architecture and sustainable design.

It is comprised of three main parts: the first part explains the theoretical framework of trans-structures and is also accompanied by photos and diagrams of the laboratory tests; the second part shows realized related projects accompanied by interviews with key designers of the buildings; the final part introduces a built Trans-structure: Water House experimental pavilion, which utilizes water as building material. Water gives unique aesthetics and structural characteristics to the building with real response ability based on the properties of water, thus allowing liquid engineering to provide a new solution for contemporary sustainable design.


Author: Matyas Gutai

Size: 12,5 x 16,5 cm / 4.9 x 6.5 in.
Pages: 176
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: February 2015
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-44-4
Price: 20€ / $24.95 / £18.00

The Function of Style

Farshid Moussavi

This book interrogates further the formfunction relationship of its projects. It focuses particularly on the history of drawing techniques of describing different concepts of function. All is shown through drawings that describe amongst other criteria the structural function [arrangement of activities or materials], the physical function [such as acoustics, traffic, lighting], the psychological function or the social function of built forms.

During the 19th and most of the 20th century, discussions of style revolved around pure formalism or pure functionalism. Style, as the way of assembling forms, was trapped in producing consistency and sameness across architectural forms. This publication is the third in a series at the GSD focused at researching a contemporary idea of style in architecture.


Author: Farshid Moussavi

Size: 17,2 x 21,8 cm / 6.8 x 8.6 in.
Pages: 640
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Flexibound
Publication date: February 2015
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-30-7
Price: 39€ / $44.95 / £32

Public Space Acupuncture

Helena Casanova, Jesús Hernández

Acupuncture strategies to renovate infrastructure, landscape elements and public space in cities.

As the financial crisis deepens in many European countries and the construction sector remains in a slump, many plans for urban regeneration have been shelved. Cities are cutting their spending on large public works, so the time is ripe for low-cost strategies that have a positive impact on the urban habitat. One such strategy is Public Space Acupuncture, in which independent but coordinated small interventions help regenerate urban public space and city life. It is based on Zygmunt Bauman’s characterization of the current era as Liquid Modernity.

A must-have manual for those who design the public space. A compilation of strategies on how to renew infrastructure, landscape and public space. Includes the contribution of Oriol Bohigas and Arnold Regidor.


Authors: Helena Casanova,
Jesús Hernández (eds.)

Size: 24 x 19 cm / 9.4 x 7.5 in.
Pages: 324
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: December 2014
ISBN: English 978-0-9893317-0-8
Price: 35€ / $44.95 / £31.50

Earth, Water, Air, Fire

The Four Elements and Architecture

Josep Lluis Mateo, Florian Sauter

This research addresses the archaic or permanent conditions of architecture. According to Pre-Socratic tradition, since earliest times, when humankind began to analyse the universe, there was this important proposition lasting until today that nature and life are connected to the four principles of earth, water, air and fire. This thesis not only relates to basic conditions of man on earth, but also targets the fundamentals of architecture.

Forced to interact with the natural elements that invigorate a built structure and co-determine a building’s experiential reality during construction, one ought to keep in mind their brute powers – earth’s crushing heaviness, the erratic character of water, air’s thermo-dynamic cataclysms, or the dangerous benignity of fire. Affective in a direct way, they act as guiding principles in the process of realization: While the earth targets the foundations, the roof shields from water, the openings control the flow of air, and the walls protect from the gleaming sun.


Authors: Josep Lluis Mateo,
Florian Sauter

Size: 16,5 x 22 cm / 6.5 x 8.7 in.
Pages: 208
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: October 2014
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-46-8
Price: 33€ / $39.95 / £25.95

Projective Ecologies

Chris Reed and Nina-Marie Lister

Ecological research applied to current architectural practice.

The past two decades have witnessed a resurgence of ecological ideas and ecological thinking in discussions of urbanism, society, culture, and design. The field of ecology has moved from classical determinism and a reductionist Newtonian concern with stability, certainty, and order in favor of more contemporary understandings of dynamic systemic change and the related phenomena of adaptability, resilience, and flexibility. But ecology is not simply a project of the natural sciences. Researchers, theorists, social commentators, and designers have all used ecology as a broader idea or metaphor for a set of conditions and relationships with political, economic, and social implications. Projective Ecologies takes stock of the diversity of contemporary ecological research and theory—embracing Felix Guattari’s broader definition of ecology as at once environmental, social, and existential—and speculates on potential paths forward for design practices. Where are ecological thinking and theory now? What do current trajectories of research suggest for future practice? How can advances in ecological research and modeling, in social theory, and in digital visualization inform, with greater rigor, more robust design thinking and practice?


Authors: Chris Reed
and Nina-Marie Lister (eds.)

Size: 16,5 x 22 cm / 6.6 x 8.6 in.
Pages: 288
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: May 2014
Reprinting: Mid 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-12-3
Price: 32€ / $34.95 / £29

Published with Harvard
Graduate School of Design