Harvard Design Magazine 48 Spring Summer 2021


ISBN13/Barcode: 9781934510780

“A terrible mechanism [is] on the march, its gears multiplying.” So begins the 48th issue of Harvard Design Magazine, guest edited by Mark Lee, chair of the department of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Florencia Rodriguez, editorial director of -Ness Magazine. The issue takes as its theme the slippery and ambiguous figure of “America,” seen through the lens of the built and unbuilt environment. Americanization—once the “terrible mechanism” bent on pressing capitalist values on emerging economies everywhere—is now in retreat, eclipsed by the more urgent domestic concerns of pandemic and climate change, racial injustice and domestic radicalization. The very notion of what constitutes America is ripe for redefinition.

The America Issue of Harvard Design Magazine, featuring a new design and art direction by Alexis Mark, invites historians, architects, landscape architects, urban designers, theorists, curators, artists, and planners to reflect on the country’s past and present, and to imagine sustainable futures. Projects, taxonomies, dialogues, essays, and spatial interpretations explore possible Americas. They allow us to delve into issues relevant to small cities, towns, and rural areas—as well as major urban centers—and to study barriers and opportunities facing communities across the country.


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The America Issue

Mark Lee & Florencia Rodriguez


The New Social Housing

Marc Norman


America for the Americans!

Jorge Francisco Liernur


America: a reflection

Jeffrey Kipnis


American Architecture

Kersten Geers & David Van Severen


Paul Revere Williams: Another Take

Victor J. Jones with Photographs by Janna Ireland


Plains and Pampa: Decolonizing “America”

Ana María León


Willi Smith, WilliWear Map Print Skirt, Summer 1986 Collection

Alexandra Cunningham Cameron


“Rerighting” History: The Benito Juarez Community Academy

Maite Borjabad López-Pastor


American Time: The Vertiginous Descent from Machu Picchu to Seaside

Sylvia Lavin


Bye-Bye Babylon

Charlotte von Moos


Considering Americanization, 1880–1960

Lisa Ubelaker Andrade


In Conjunction?

Sean Canty


Lack of Consensus: A Historian’s Take on the Territory

Edward Eigen


Looking Together

Michael Meredith


Making Do at the GSD (with Dave Hickey, Charles Jencks, and a few others)

K. Michael Hays


Sinmi Stool: Design with a Black Intent?

Zoë Ryan


The New MoMA

Pezo von Ellrichshausen


Let’s Try to Be Relevant

Sarah Whiting & Florencia Rodriguez


Making Gardens, Making Books

Henry N. Cobb & Michael Van Valkenburgh with Matthew Girard & Alexander Luckmann


Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste

Shaun Donovan & Jerold Kayden


A Civil Society

Maurice Cox & Rahul Mehrotra


American Cool and the Dirty South

Dave Hickey, Jennifer Bonner, Max Kuo & Mack Scogin


At Home in America

Michèle Lamy & Mark Lee


Banham in America: A Transatlantic Dialogue

Ludovico Centis & Todd Gannon


The American Object

Jonathan Olivares & Robert Stadler


The Chicago Model

Rahm Emanuel & Sharon Johnston


Hobbling Away

Photographs by Marianne Mueller with an Introduction by Charles Shafaieh


Leaves of Grass

Adam Monohon


Remembering Henry N. Cobb (1926–2020)

Michael Van Valkenburgh


“Race & Space”

Michelle Joan Wilkinson & Adrienne Brown


Notes on Jeffrey Kipnis’s America: a reflection

Michael Osman


“America: I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing”

Mimi Zeiger & Ann Lui


“Chicago was Nowhere”

Paul Andersen & Sam Jacob


“Politics as Geography”

Neeraj Bhatia & Brendan Cormier


Editorial Director

Julie Cirelli

Production Manager

Meghan Ryan Sandberg

Guest Editors
Florencia Rodriguez
Mark Lee

Graphic Design & Art Direction

Alexis Mark


Rachel Holzman


Emma Bird, Cynthia Deng, Arta Perezic


Flagship Press, North Andover, Massachusetts, USA

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Pages 126
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Date Published 8 Apr 2021
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ISBN13/Barcode 9781934510780
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