Zaneta Hong launches Platform 8 at the Van Alen Institute

Zaneta Hong (MLA ’07), lecturer in landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and faculty editor of Platform 8: An Index of Design & Researchwill launch Platform 8 on Friday evening, May 6, at the Van Alen Institute in New York.

The GSD’s annual Platform publication, and the corresponding exhibition, present a curated selection of work generated in the previous academic year at the school. Hong structured Platform 8 as an encyclopedic survey in which term entries, each connected to a particular activity or item at the school (including events, courses, publications, and research centers), are presented alphabetically rather than hierarchically.

Thus, Hong writes in the Letter from the Editor, the book documents both scholarly discourse and material production as concomitant artifacts of practice, education, and research.

“For me, this publication is an effort to simultaneously present an archaeological documentation into the working concepts of design and research—a reveal, exposing a particular moment of design culture at the Harvard GSD—and to provide a projective platform for defining new possibilities,” Hong writes.

To learn more about the May 6 launch event, please visit the Van Alen Institute’s event page.

Platform 8: book launch

Friday, May 6
Van Alen Institute
30 W 22nd Street
New York, NY