Research and collaboration is front and center at the GSD, and these days, it’s moving design forward into areas never before ventured. The Design Robotics Group (DRG), a research unit that looks at the role of material processes and systems in the built environment, and the Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab (REAL), have delved into the world of science through their innovative partnership with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.
The Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, which includes GSD professors Ed Eigen and Timothy Hyde, has launched a new digital platform at http://www.we-aggregate.org/.
Aliki Economides and Marrikka Trotter, both in the GSD PhD program, presented papers on ornament in contemporary global architecture at IDEA@UdeM 2013 (International Doctoral Encounters in Architecture at the Université de Montréal). The papers will be published in 2014 in a collection co-edited by Economides.
Six GSD students have been selected as inaugural members of the Harvard Digital Problem-Solving Initiative (DPSI) by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.
Peter Christensen's review of the exhibition, "Baghdad: City of Mirages, 1952-1982" featured in recent issue of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH).
A team of Harvard GSD students is announced first-place winner of an international student energy modeling competition as a part of the 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), held in Chambery, France in August 2013.
In an interview with BBC World Service broadcaster Peter Day on new trends in design thinking, GSD dean Mohsen Mostafavidiscusses the GSD's Bauhaus legacy and the inherent links between design, business and entrepreneurship. Mostafavi’s 3-minute interview starts about 16 ½ minutes into the story and his comments continue at 25 minutes.
Although the response by the Pritzker jury to Women in Design’s petition - to acknowledge the work of Robert Venturi’s wife and creative partner Denise Scott Brown - was disappointing, the Harvard GSD group is not going to give up. And it’s expanding its efforts to keep a spotlight on the issue of equity in the design fields with its new Design for Equality website.
Harvard’s ability to foster innovation has long been a core strength of the university, never more so than today. President Faust's mission to create One Harvard is spurring greater collaboration across schools, disciplines and facilities, and the GSD is at the forefront of the explosion of creativity.