Harvard Design: Chicago

The GSD invites you to join Dean Mohsen Mostafavi and other design leaders for an inspiring series of conversations and events exploring design innovations from October 1-3, 2015 in Chicago.

Click here to view the full Harvard Design: Chicago program brochure.


Adaptive Architectures and Smart Materials Conference | October 1–2, 2015 

The integration of new communication, interactivity, and display technologies fundamentally transforms spaces and places into networked, responsive environments. Within this context, architecture has become “smart” at scales that range from materials to  equipment to facades. A building envelope is currently the site of intense speculation; the introduction of CNC fabrication techniques allows for increased formal complexity, while new material properties in glass, polymers, and fabrics offer new spatial, visual, and thermal properties. These new materials have the capacity to transform architecture—its optical properties, configuration, thermal qualities, and even architecture’s ability to regulate its appearance. They demand a radical rethinking of interior versus exterior, private versus public, exposure and (in)visibility within architecture and design.

GSD Alumni + Friends Weekend | October 2–3, 2015 

For the last three years, the GSD has brought its annual Alumni + Friends Weekend to a new host city to examine design challenges of the area, and showcase the projects of regional alumni. Following in the footsteps of Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Miami, this year the School will visit the windy city of Chicago, an urban environment defined by its architecture and design, and teeming with intellectual and creative capital. Heading into the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Alumni + Friends Weekend will provide a platform for discussing the exciting research conducted by the GSD’s extended community and how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience.

For more information, please contact Sarah Knight at [email protected] or 617.384.5276.

Additional Speakers:

Aaron Betsky, Frank Barkow MArch ’90, Eve Blau, Blaine Brownell, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang MArch ’93, Todd Gannon, Martin Henn, Chuck Hoberman, Eric Höweler, Mariana Ibañez, Florian Idenburg, Hanif Kara, Sheila Kennedy MArch ’81, Jan Knippers, Inese Lowenstein, Michael Meredith MArch ’00, Kiel Moe MDesS ’03, Mohsen Mostafavi, Gail Peter Borden MArch ’00,  Monica Ponce de Leon MAUD ’91, Terence Riley, Matthias Schuler, Dennis R. Shelden, Marc Simmons, Skylar Tibbits

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].