Harvard Design Magazine 47 Spring Summer 2019

Inside Scoop

ISBN13/Barcode: 0744705771194

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 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 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.


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Table of Contents


What Else about the Inside?

Jennifer Sigler


Taking Hold

Erika Naginski
in response to

Whatever Happened to Total Design?

Mark Wigley
Originally published in Issue No. 5 (1998)


The Interior as Setting

Mohsen Mostafavi
in response to

Architecture’s Inside

Mohsen Mostafavi
Originally published in Issue No. 29 (2008)

Dress Codes

Lois Weinthal
in response to

Curtain Wars: Architects, Decorators, and the 20th-Century Domestic Interior

Joel Sanders
Originally published in Issue No. 16 (2002)


FAMILIA: Corporeal Care and Affective Ties

Shannon Mattern
in response to

FAMILI: Proxy Paranoia or Technological Camaraderie

Originally published in Issue No. 41 (2015)

Uncanny Limbo: A New Type of Architectural Type

Sergio Lopez-Pineiro
in response to

Architecture without Content

Kersten Geers
Originally published in Issue No. 43 (2016)


Another Shade of Gray Space

Megan Panzano
in response to

Gray Space

Alex O’Briant
Originally published in Issue No. 43 (2016)


Danielle Choi
in response to

Green Chaos: The Climatron and the Enclosure of Nature

Robert Riley
Originally published in Issue No. 2 (1997)


Edges of Apprehending

Irene Sunwoo
in response to

How Not to Die

Jenna Sutela
Originally published in Issue No. 40 (2015)

Rustic Modern Contemporary

Alice Friedman
in response to

No (Popular) Place Like Home: On Global Space and Personal Taste

Jim Collins
Originally published in Issue No. 4 (1998)


Community Property

Penelope Dean
in response to

No Strings Attached

Penelope Dean
Originally published in Issue No. 35 (2012)

Pennsylvania Station’s Everlasting Ruin: On Marshall Berman’s Tales of Old New York

Edward Eigen
in response to

Notes from Underground: Plato’s Cave, Piranesi’s Prisons, and the Subway

Marshall Berman
Originally published in Issue No. 15 (2001)


How to Get More from More

Sylvia Lavin
in response to

Notes on More

Andrew Holder
Originally published in Issue No. 43 (2016)

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Binding Magazine
Pages 126
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Date Published 20 Jun 2019
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ISBN13/Barcode 0744705771194
Publisher Harvard Design Magazine

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